It’s that time of year again!

The temperature is dropping and everyone is ready to go into “hibernation” mode. Cozy fires, hot apple cider, fuzzy socks and warm blankets. Daylight savings time has ended and the days are shorter. Don’t start that hibernation just yet! Here are a few important things that need to be addressed to ensure a smooth seasonal transition.

Batteries: Test out all of your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace the batteries. It is easier to replace all of them at the same time so you are not surprised by sneaky beeps in the night.

Windows and Doors: As the temperature drops, your house will shift as it contracts revealing small gaps and cracks near doors and windows where cold air and insects can enter. These are easy fixes that do not require a professional and save you money in energy costs. There are several methods on the market to seal these leaks with foam, spray, adhesive strips, draft stoppers etc. so stop on by your local store and fix those leaks!

Appliance Maintenance: Over time, your dryer builds up lint in places that are not always visible. November is a great time to check your dryer vents and remove any build up of lint. Failure to clean the dryer vent is the number one cause for dryer fires. Be sure to have your HVAC system inspected by a professional as well. If there are any air conditioner window units, be sure to cover them with a towel and a tarp while not in use. Do a walkthrough of your home and inspect your indoor and outdoor faucets for any leaks as well as leaks in the water lines running into your home.

Water Needs: Whether you are on a private well or public water system, it does not hurt to have an annual water test performed to ensure that you are getting the cleanest, highest quality water for you and your family. From drinking water to wash water, you want to feel confident knowing that your water is safe. Here at King Soft Water, our certified water specialist Bob Howard, is on call to meet your water testing needs.

Hydration: While water intake is often overlooked, it is one of the most important things we can do to stay healthy. During the holidays we often indulge in adult beverages or copious amounts of sugar leaving our bodies pining for hydration. With cold and flu season being at its peak, staying hydrated plays its roll in killing off those colds. A good hand washing will keep you from spreading germs but be sure to dry your hands off before you head outside to avoid chapped skin.

While these tasks may seem trivial, they are very important. Checking them off of your “to do” list will give you a peace of mind so that you can enjoy the comfort of your home as winter approaches.