Transcription Plus, LLC wants to make sure you are warm and not suffering from costly repairs!
Inside your home or business
* Check and replace weather-stripping on doors and windows; use rope caulk instead of plastic on windows to maintain amount of light and reduce cost.
* Check electrical outlets for insulation needs; installing foam inserts takes minimal time and makes a difference for your heating needs.
* Wash and store screens, install storm windows if applicable.
* Reverse ceiling fan directions.
* Open heating vents, make sure they aren't blocked, and close them in unused rooms.
* Insulate heating ducts and piping that is exposed in crawlspaces and attics. Be sure that connections are still in place.
* Create a winter survival kit full of flashlights, candles, matches, a battery powered radio, blankets, bottled water, several days of canned food.
* Install programmable thermostats that helps save money and keep you warm.
* Uncover all south-facing windows to let all possible sunlight in your home.
* Consider hanging thermal curtains to help prevent drafts.
* Keep all closet doors closed when possible to avoid heating unnecessary space.
* Check carbon monoxide and fire detectors and replace batteries.
The exterior of your home or business
* Buy sand and ice melt.
* Clean gutters and downspouts to prevent ice damage.
* If you own a brick home, check the mortar. It may need repair.
* Seal any cracks in the foundation of your house.
* Stack firewood 30 feet away from house to avoid rodents and pests.
* Clean and inspect roof and flashing near chimney.
* Rake away rotting leaves from foundation.
* Drain outside faucets by turning off water from inside and letting them drain out.
Maintaining heating and cooling systems
* Get chimney cleaned and inspected.
* Replace furnace filter every 3 months.
* Have furnace cleaned and inspected.
* Flush hot water heater.
* Check level of heating fuels and refill if necessary.
* Inspect ducts for mold
* Insulate water tank with a heating blanket .
* Cover or remove air conditioners.
* Clean the condensing unit of cooling system with a hose and cover to avoid rusting and freezing.
Work to be done on decks
* Clean and store grill.
* Clean and cover patio furniture.
* Seal deck to protect wood.
* Replace any damaged boards.
Ensuring your car is safe for winter travel
* Check tires for wear and tear.
* Refill antifreeze and washer fluids.
* Put a shovel and ice scraper in your trunk.
* Check emergency kit to include winter needs (ie. Thermal blanket).
Preparing your garden and yard for the cold
* Mow one final time, leaving grass a little longer to maintain grass health.
* Remove old and dead plants.
* Much and cover any plants that need winter protection.
* Turn compost for a final time.
* Empty, clean, and store planters.
* Rake all leaves.
* Trim dead and hanging tree limbs.
* Disconnect garden hoses and drain them.
* Winterize your sprinkler system by turning off and blowing compressed air throughout the system.
Don't forget about the garage!
* Organize and clean tools.
* Sweep out debris to avoid rodents.
* Bring out snow removal equipment.
* Drain gas from mower.
And, finally, make sure you are ready for some winter fun!
* Check that sleds, skis, and other winter sports gear are in good order.
* Be sure everyone has the necessary warm clothing.
While you are nestling in for the winter season, don't forget that Transcription Plus, LLC can help your business run smoothly during power outages or when your entire office is out skiing. Contact us here for our valuable services.
40 Acorn Lane
Bristol, CT 06010
Phone: (860) 583-2818
Visit our web site: www.transcriptionplus.net