Living in the state of South Dakota, winter sometimes feels like it lasts forever. While it is a familiar time of year, you can never be too prepared for the cold season to sweep in quickly. Before the leaves start falling and the cold rolls in, here are 4 steps to take now that will have you prepared for the inevitable snowfall and sub-zero temperatures.
1. Call the Snow Plow Now
If you're in need of assistance to keep your driveway and walkways clear of the snow, you should pick up the phone today and call the snow plow contractor. Once you're on their schedule, you won't be stuck looking for help while your car is buried in the drift in your driveway.
2. Service Your Furnace
Once the temperatures drop, you're going to want to stay toasty warm inside your house. Test your furnace and schedule any service now. You'll beat the rush of service calls on the first day of freezing weather and will also keep your family safe and warm. Also, ask your service company if they have a twice-a-year maintenance plan if you don't already have one. If you get signed up, you can save money on plan rates and possibly larger repairs as well.
3. Get a Home Energy Audit
If you like saving money in the long run (who doesn't!?), then don't waste any time in scheduling a professional energy audit. You will learn where your home is prone to energy loss and can take preventative measures to lower your energy costs over the winter. If you're not sure where to start, visit www.energy.gov for information on how energy audits work or visit the Residential Energy Services Network to find energy auditors.
These tips will help you be prepared for a visit from "Old Man Winter" before he arrives on your doorstep. I hope you look these over and winterize your home while the weather is still nice. A little work today will save you from needing to do tougher work in a month or two.