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Winter Essentials

Think Farm & Home first for your winter essentials! Helpful tips for your house and car below!

*Stay warm, shop HEATERS OF ALL TYPES

*Don't slip, shop SALT FOR ICE/SNOW MELT

*Reduce drafts, shop DENNIS WEATHERPROOFING

*Your car feels the cold, shop ADDITIVES & OILS


Some helpful tips for preparing your home for winter:

  • Have your furnace or heating system checked by a professional.
  • Check your ceiling fans to make sure they're circulating warm air down.
  • Check attic for insulation and clean gutters.
  • Double-check your roof for any missing or damaged shingles (and metal edging, too!).
  • Check caulk and seals, replace as necessary. Windows and doors are huge energy wasters when improperly sealed.
  • Downspouts should run away from your home and not pool on sidewalks and driveways.
  • Turn off water to exterior faucets. If you have an irrigation system, have it readied for freezing temps.
  • Do a final mow of the yard and apply any late-season seeds and/or treatments.
  • Warm-weather tools often need attention. Think mowers, trimmers, etc.
  • Consult with local nurseries about pruning trees and shrubs.
  • If you haven't had rain in a while test your sump pump.
  • Don't start fires in your fireplace unless and until your chimney has been inspected.
  • Winter storms can sweep in quickly and leave stores depleted. Stock up early on necessities.
  • Don't overload outlets or power strips/extension cords with electric heaters, christmas lights, etc.

Some helpful tips for preparing your car for winter:

  • Visit your mechanic for a general checkup of key systems: antifreeze, tire tread and pressure, wipers, and battery.
  • Carry winter supplies in your car, such as rubber boots, flashlight, blankets, a small shovel and phone charger in case of emergencies.
  • Verify that you have necessary items like a spare tire, tow strap, jack, and jumper cables ready to use.
  • Avoid letting the fuel tank get too low as condensation can build-up and create problems. Products like HEET can help.
  • Don't drive if the roads are bad. Winter weather is especially difficult for first responders.
  • Have plan when traveling: let people know your route and expected dates/times, travel during daylight hours, practice emergency scenarios ahead of time.
  • After a snowfall or ice make sure to completely clear headlights, turn signals, and windows. Check the roof and slabs of ice/snow usually slide off when braking.