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Winter’s Coming—Is Your Home Ready?

by O.D. (Office Dog) at Jill Tinkel’s State Farm Office

Cooler weather is here and the leaves (and the ever abundant pine needles) are beginning to fall. Around our house, this is the time of year to start thinking about being ready for winter. Not sure where to start? Here is Jill’s annual checklist to help you get started:

  • Clean air conditioners: Wipe down the unit, clear debris from the surrounding area and hose off the unit. Once it’s completely dry, cover the air conditioner and turn off the water shutoff valve, if your system has one. Remove window units and store them indoors to prevent window drafts. If you can’t remove your window unit, close the vents and protect it from the elements with an air conditioner cover.
  • Drain sprinkler systems: You can tackle this one of two ways: Remove the water using the system’s drain valves, or have a professional blow the water out with a large air compressor.
  • Turn off outdoor water supply: Make sure all exterior water spigots are turned off and all attached hoses or other devices are removed, drained and properly stored.
  • Insulate pipes: This will help prevent your pipes from freezing and save money on your hot water bill. Insulate by duct-taping pre-slit pipe foam (available at hardware stores) around exposed pipes in your home’s crawl space or attic.
  • Caulk air leaks around doors and windows.
  • Add more insulation if needed. If you can see the ceiling joists in your attic, you may need more insulation.
  • Test your thermostat. Turn it to heat mode to make sure the furnace kicks on and blows warm air.
  • Have the furnace inspected by a professional. Make sure it’s in good shape to last through the winter.
  • Inspect and clean your roof and gutters.
  • Install storm windows and doors.

Until next time, may your water bowl always be full and your tail waggin’!


O.D. appears courtesy of Jill Tinkel State Farm. For more info, please call (928) 537-5700. You can also visit O.D. at 1881 E. Deuce of Clubs in Show Low. Stop in for Free Cookie Fridays for a fresh-baked cookie and a quote!