Residential Fall Preparation Checklist

It’s time again to look at preparing your home for cold weather.  Here’s a helpful set of tips:

  • Make sure your vents are closed if you have a crawlspace.  In our area, because of our climate, they should be closed year-round.
  • Make sure your outdoor unit is clear of any debris.
  • Check your windows for leaks or cracks, and install weatherstripping in any gaps.  Caulk any cracks around the frame that need to be filled.
  • If you have an oil or gas furnace, make sure to have it checked and cleaned.
  • Check your gutters; make sure they are clear, clean, and secure.
  • Check your attic for any insects or other animals that may be have gotten in.
  • Replace the batteries in your CO and smoke detectors.
  • If you have a fireplace, make sure you’ve cleaned out any old ashes, made sure the damper is working properly, and have had the chimney tested.
  • Drain and winterize any outdoor faucets or irrigation systems before freezing weather comes.
  • If your water heater is older and has never been flushed, call us to help flush built-up sediment from the tank.
  • Check water pipes to make sure that any exposed ones are insulated properly.
  • Make sure that you have a good fire escape plan and an easily accessible fire extinguisher.
  • Assemble some emergency kits, containing supplies like batteries, non-perishable food, blankets, and flashlights.

James River Air Conditioning is always here to help with any of your home’s heating, cooling, plumbing, or electrical systems – and we service appliances as well!