Fall Checklist: Do These Tasks to Get Your Home Ready for Colder Weather

With the comfortable fall days finally giving way to chillier temperatures here in Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut, many homeowners like yourself are brainstorming the best ways to prepare for the upcoming winter during this transitional season. Luckily enough for you, the heating experts here at PayLessForOil.com have compiled our top tips to prepare for the cold season ahead with some routine fall tasks as well as some essential home heating services that will help you and your family stay safe, comfortable, and relaxed all winter long. Keep reading to learn the six things we recommend doing this fall to have an easier and more affordable heating season.

Top Tips for Preparing Your MA or CT Home for Winter

1. Inspect & Maintain Your Heating System

Your oil-fired furnace or boiler should be maintained with a service tune-up at least once a year. Booking your annual heating tune-up can cut costs on your winter energy bills, repair costs, and emergency service fees. Having your heating system checked by a licensed heating contractor now will help to ensure that your heater is clean and running smoothly before winter arrives. When your HVAC system is properly serviced, heating systems will use fuel more efficiently, last longer and have fewer problems.

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2. Program Your Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat, especially one with Wi-Fi capabilities, allows you to set it and forget it when it comes to your home heating this season. Set your perfect temperatures throughout the day, allowing times for when you’re sleeping or at work for your home temperature to be slightly cooler, helping you to save on fuel costs. Plus, you can set an away mode for when you’re on vacation during the upcoming holidays to have more peace of mind all heating season long.

3. Clean Your Gutters

Clogged and leaking gutters and downspouts can overflow and cause water damage to your home, so it’s important to clean and check them for leaks regularly. Leaves and other debris that clog your rain gutters can cause leaks and other problems, including the creation of ice dams during the winter. After the leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters, inspect joints, and tighten brackets if necessary. Replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards.

4. Top Off Your Heating Oil Tank

Requesting a tank fill-up now is essential to ensuring that you have heating fuel when even colder weather is here to stay! Don’t run out of fuel and risk paying unnecessary priming fees or going without heat when you need it most. Keep your home safe and cozy all season long when you order a refill today from PayLessForOil.com. Enjoy our low daily price and the peace of mind that your tank will be protected for the seasons to come when you count on our expert delivery team to keep fuel in your tank!

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5. Shut off outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems

You won’t be watering your lawn this time of year. Make sure to shut off all exterior faucets and winterize your sprinkler systems before the first freeze. Freezing temperatures can cause damage to hoses, pipes and your sprinkler system if not properly stored and prepared for winter. Once you turn off the faucets, drain all hoses and store them inside your home or garage.

6. Check Safety Devices

This step may seem so obvious that it’s easy to skip, but according to the NFPA, nearly half of home fires that fail to trigger alarms occur in homes where batteries have expired or been removed from a smoke alarm. Take some time to test and check your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors to make sure that they are in working order.

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