Snowbird Checklist: How To Winterize Your Home Before Heading South


If you’re one of the lucky snowbirds who is heading south for the winter, there are a few things you need to do before leaving. When it comes to your furnace, air conditioner, and plumbing it’s important to take all the necessary steps to preventing problems at your main residence and reducing energy bills while you’re away. Download our Snowbird Checklist to help get you ready so you can enjoy the fun and sun without worry!

Turn Off the Water

Before you leave, remember to turn off the main water line to relieve pressure within your plumbing. If you do decide to do so, remember to also turn off your water heater as well.

Install a Wi-Fi Thermostat

Wi-Fi thermostats are perfect for snowbirds. These digital controls connect to your smartphone through an app, where you can monitor and control your home’s indoor temperature. This is great for snowstorms, below freezing temperatures or warmer winter days. You can ensure your home is prepared for anything that happens right from your smartphone!

Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detectors

Before you leave for the winter remember to change the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to keep your home safe. If your detectors are more than two years old, we strongly recommend upgrading to digital ones. Similar to the Wi-Fi thermostats, these detectors are synced with your smartphone through an app, where you can monitor around the clock. These apps will notify you if it senses unsafe levels or smoke.

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