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Get Prepared for Fall

Thursday, September 17, 2015

It may be only September, but the leaves are changing here in Oregon. This has me thinking about all the things I need to do around the house to get ready before the cold weather settles in. Even if in your neck of the woods, you are still enjoying warm sunny weather (lucky you), you'll benefit from preparing for the winter weather that is only a few months away.

                      

1. Clean Out the Gutters

All the leaves and grime that you neglected while you were out swimming, hiking, or riding your bicycle this summer have built up in your gutters. If left full of debris, clogged gutters and drains can form ice dams that prevent your drainage systems from working properly. This can lead to water seeping into your home, which can lead to all sorts of issues and extra energy costs. Save yourself the hassle of repairing a leak by simply cleaning your gutters and drains now. When you do, run water through the gutters to check for misalignments that could also cause water damage.

2. Keep the Outside Air Out and the Inside Air In

Warm air will escape out of any cracks and can make your heating system work harder and cost you more to heat your home.  Use caulk to seal cracks and openings between stationary house components like a door frame and weather stripping to seal components that move like an operable window.

3. Show Some TLC to Your Furnace

Your furnace may be a distant memory since you last powered it on, but before the cold weather descends and you must reluctantly switch it on, give it some TLC. Clean your furnace annually each autumn. Sediment build-up can cause your system to work less efficiently or potentially become a fire-hazard. Cleaning your system and getting it inspected will reduce the risks.

During the winter try to change your filter regularly; a dirty filter will decrease air flow and energy-efficiency. And if your furnace is ready to be replaced, buy an energy-efficient model. It will save you money and energy each month!

4. Get Your Ducts in a Row

Your ducts are often times out of sight, out of mind, tucked away in the attic or basement, but a home with central heating can lose about 20% of the air that moves through the duct system. Make sure your ducts are in order by properly sealing and insulating them. Tightly sealed and insulated ducts can potentially reduce your annual energy bills by $120 or more! 


Halloween Safety

Thursday, October 30, 2014

                               

Happy Halloween blog readers! As you may know, Halloween is one on the congested days of the year. Here are some tips to keep your family and others safe!

Stay off your phone! Admit it; you probably have answered the phone while driving. It is very important not to be texting and driving Halloween night. There will be a ton of people running around in dark clothing that will be hard to see, and you don’t need any extra distractions. So stay off your phone and pay extra attention!

 

As trick-or-treaters, it’s important to look before crossing the road! Use some sort of Lighting while trick or treating this Halloween so other people and drivers can see you. Reflective tape, flash lights, and glow sticks are a great way to light up. Glow sticks can be a great accessory for your costume. Plus, the dollar store sells them! You know you can spare a dollar for safety.

 

Walk in large groups to stay safe. Halloween is a spooky night! Don’t let the ghouls and goblins get you. Did you know malls pass out candy to trick-or-treaters? Outlet malls are a great place to trick-or-treat. It’s very safe and you get to see a lot of cool costumes!

 

Please trick-or-treat responsibly!




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