5 Ways to Prepare for Winter

It is an inevitable part of life – seasons change. With that in mind, it is time to be proactive and prepare your home for the cooler winter temperatures that are to come. Take on one task at a time so as not to overwhelm yourself, and you will be done in no time!

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HVAC Servicing

HVAC or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning is a term you need to know. You undoubtedly rely on your basic utilities daily. As such, keeping them in proper working order is essential. Throughout the year, as temperatures change, it is necessary to have your major HVAC appliances serviced. Scheduled maintenance will help your units last longer and avoid any unnecessary surprises. Find a qualified professional at www.batesairandheat.com to come to your home. Along with routine care, these experts will be good to know in case the unfortunate does occur and you need their services in an emergency.

Yard Maintenance

If you have installed an in-ground sprinkler system you must contact the installer or another lawn maintenance company to “blow out” any remaining water or moisture inside the tubes, pipes, and sprinkler heads. Water left inside can freeze when the temperatures dip, resulting in irreparable damage that is preventable. The entire winterization fee is generally less expensive than any repairs after the fact. With a few simple tools, you can take on this task yourself. Whether you choose to hire out or DIY your sprinkler winterization, simply getting it done will save you in the long run. 

Garage Cleaning

Your garage doors open and close throughout the day. Perhaps you leave them open longer on warmer days. This usually results in leaves and grass clippings making their way inside and settling into the recesses and unseen corners. While it is common to make an effort towards the concept of Spring Cleaning, Fall Cleaning is just as important. The debris that now sits in your garage will make inviting nesting areas for animals seeking shelter during the colder months. Take the time to move boxes and equipment away from the walls, and sweep out the entire garage before it gets too cold. This will make it easier when it comes time for Spring Cleaning, too.


Winter is on its way. If you live in an area of the country that usually sees an accumulation of snow, you know how important it is to have a properly functioning snowblower. Now is the time to have your snowblower serviced before you need it. If you own a gas-operated snowblower, ensure you have filled the machine after servicing, and have a full gas can on hand for the first snow. Inspect other winter tools such as shovels to ensure they are not cracked or in need of repair.

Vehicle Safety

Now is an ideal time to get your vehicle in order. Ensure routine maintenance such as scheduled servicing, oil changes, tire rotations, and inspections are completed. Next, if you do not already have a winter emergency kit, it is crucial to get one ready.

Here is a helpful video to guide you on the essentials you will need for your emergency kit.

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Get your home, inside and out, ready for the colder winter months to come. Make some upgrades and get ready to enjoy your efforts in front of a relaxing fireplace with a good book.