Cooler temperatures are harbingers of winter and the potentially harsh weather to come. Planning for the wind chills and snow in November can put men and women in a better position to handle winter upon its arrival.
If you haven’t already done so, make sure you take winter clothes out of storage. You may have gotten by on lightweight sweaters and windbreakers so far, but come November, it’s time to dig out your winter coat and snow boots.
November also is a good time to replace the filter on your furnace. Chances are the heating system will be working hard, and you want to ensure the filter is fresh and keeping interior air as clean as possible.
If you haven’t done so already, schedule an appointment to have your chimney inspected and cleaned prior to using the fireplace or a heating stove. Particles trapped in the chimney can ignite, and leftover waste can produce unpleasant odors in the home.
Think about outfitting your vehicle with winter tires, which provide better traction in snowy conditions. Switch over to a windshield washer fluid that is reliable in lower temperatures.
Replace screens in storm doors with the glass panels to insulate the home against colder temperatures.
Taking these steps can make winter weather more tolerable for the next few months.