Are you ready for the chill?

Thermometer showing winter cold

I’m sure this won’t come as a surprise to you. We have been on borrowed time for over a month with incredibly warm temperatures for this time of the year. I’m sad to report that the end is near. We have a big old cool-down on the way with the coldest temps in months on the way. In fact, some parts of Connecticut might cool down into the single digits by early this weekend. So are you ready? Here is a check list of things you should have all set:

  1. Service your heating system. Whether you have a boiler or a furnace, having it looked at and fixed up every year is extremely important. It not only saves you money in the long run, but it also helps assure you will maintain a good level of heat through the whole winter.
  2. Fill your tires. Cold temperatures mean tire pressure is lower. Every 10 degree drop in temperature means 1-2 PSI loss in your tire pressure. If you want to avoid having to put air in the tires, a few shops have nitrogen that can be used in your tires. Nitrogen does not respond to temperature nearly as much as the air we breath so tire pressure fluctuations are much lower.
  3. Watch out for rodents. When temperatures get colder, pests need somewhere warm to go. Even if your doors and windows are closed, mice, ants, and roaches will find their way into your house. If you see one, there could be more on the way so make sure you keep your house extra clean and grab some mouse traps too!
  4. Clear your gutters. Leaves are finishing up falling off the trees, so your gutters are probably completely clogged. Clean them out before winter comes or you could be paying big bucks to repair after an ice dam forms in the winter.
  5. Prepare for winter. Even though there is no snow in the forecast this week, it will be coming soon enough. Do you know where your shovel is? How about the ice scraper? These are all things you should have on the ready before bad weather arrives.
  6. Get a flu shot. This is the start of flu season so why not get a flu shot? There are many locations that will give you the shot for free, so why not do it?
  7. Ready your yard. If you have hoses outside, lawn equipment stored outside, or any leftover deck furniture around make sure to pack it up and prepare for winter. While we can see temperatures in the 60s through the winter, warmth is harder to come by so wrap everything up and store it for next spring.
  8. Donate some clothes. Leave one ugly sweater for Christmas in the closet, otherwise use the change in season as an opportunity to get your closet ready. Put away any summer things, try on all of your winter clothes, and fill a bag with the stuff you don’t need to donate it to people who do!

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