Winter in Placer, Nevada, and El Dorado counties varies depending on your elevation. We can go from feet-deep snow to torrential downpours. Preparing for winter may not feel necessary at this time of year but starting now will help you make sure your home is in great shape for fall and winter. When you are prepared for that first surprise freeze or snow you can rest easy.
Staying warm inside your home is essential during cold weather. That's why having your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) serviced is so important. The tech will go through your entire system to ensure your appliance is in its best running form for the season ahead. And on that note, don’t forget to check your filter once a month.
One of the most important safety steps you can take for yourself and your family is to have a thorough inspection and cleaning of your chimney.
Make an appointment with a local licensed Chimney Sweep. They are fully equipped to make certain your fireplace, woodstove and chimney are clean and safe by clearing obstructions, checking the damper, checking the chimney for drafts, cleaning the chimney, and inspecting the firebrick.
Note: If you use a wood stove for heat frequently it should be inspected yearly.
My mom would do a deep clean in the spring and a once-over declutter in the fall. She said the less cluttered your home is the less cluttered your mind. Boy was she right!
The prospect of decluttering can be daunting unless you have a good idea of how to proceed. Do only what you have the mental and physical energy for. It is ok to stop with one drawer, one closet, or after one hour. Before you start, be prepared to sort into containers:
(Regarding the “donate” – I like to check with family and friends before I donate things – you never know what another person has been wanting or looking for)