• Reverse the direction of ceiling fans. It’s counterclockwise for summer cooling and clockwise in winter to drive warm air down.
  • Check downspouts. When cleaning leaves and debris from gutters check the downspouts to keep from clogging and freezing.
  • Add extensions to the downspouts to take water 3 to 4 feet away from the house.
  • Inspect your roof for damage. Get out your binoculars from the back of the closet and scan the roof up close.
  • Instead of raking up the leaves, mow the lawn with them on it. This will create mulch and nourish the lawn all winter long.
  • Test your sump pump. Pour a couple of gallons of water into the sump pit to make sure the pump is operating.
  • Get a wheeled snow pusher to make snow removal easier. Your back will thank you.
  • Avoid damage to your wooden deck. Instead of using a snow shovel on your deck, switch to a sturdy push brush.
  • Do your home’s siding a favor. Trim bushes and tree branches away from the house. Blustery winter storms can damage the finish.
  • Avoid ice dams. Seal off all air leaks that might warm the underside of the roof.
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