Fall is in the air, is your home ready? Part 2 Inside

By: Denise Koslowsky

Much of the country has been able to enjoy some beautiful fall like temperatures even before the official first day of Autumn which was September 22nd.  Fall is one of the most beloved seasons and signals that the holiday season is just around the corner!

Take the time now to do a little preparation so that your home stay safe and claim free all fall and winter long!   Here are favorite indoor tips to get your home prepped for the season:

  • Schedule a professional to service and or clean your heating equipment such as your furnace, chimney, and generator.  You don’t want to wait until you need them to find out there are issues.
  • Replace the air filters in all your HVAC equipment including your humidifier.
  • Be sure the space around your heating equipment is clear. Clutter around a furnace or boiler is a fire hazard.
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  If they are battery operated, be sure to change the batteries. We strongly recommend that you have a central station fire and burglar alarm installed in your home; it’s a great time to get this important protection in place.
  • Make sure you have a fully charged fire extinguisher on every floor of your home.
  • Clean your dryer of lint. Dryer lint is one of the leading causes of house fires, so making sure your dryer is free of as much lint as possible is important.
  • Check the drip pans under any appliance that uses water. If they are cracked, damaged or if you don’t have one, now is a great time to have it replaced or installed.  Drip Pans can be installed under water producing appliances to catch leaks including your water heater, AC, dishwasher or washing machine.
  • Check for any cracks in your dishwasher or washing machine hose. If they are more than 5 years old, you should have them replaced.  We would also suggest that you consider upgrading them to reinforced steel-braided hoses.
  • Change the direction of your ceiling fan.  Make sure it is turning clockwise to have warmer air circulate.  If it is turning counter clockwise, it will continue to push colder air.

Let’s work together to prevent claims on your homeowners insurance!  Educating every client we serve is a high priority for us, so we love to provide tips to help you make your home safe all year long.

If you need to file a claim, we are here for you!  Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.

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