Coping with Fall: Winter Preparations Are as Essential as Spring Cleaning
This is the time of year when many of us are starting the task of “winterizing” our homes. Such work can range from simply taking out the tools needed for shoveling snow and scraping ice to installing newer, more efficient heating and hot water units, cleaning chimneys so the fireplace can be used safely, or even installing new and better insulation. The principal goal in making these preparations is to ensure that our homes can keep us warm and protect us from fall storms and winter chill. We not only must “winterize” our homes, but we also should see that our vehicles are prepared to cope with the change in season and Alamo and Groupon can help us do just that.
So how do you identify the tasks you really need to have done for the fall? A good method is to differentiate things primarily cosmetic in nature – no matter how much you’d like them done – from those that are important for protecting and conserving the well-being of yourself and your family. It means little to have a nice-looking yard or interior if your family is cold, the insulation is insufficient, or your piping is likely to freeze and burst during the first light freeze. A good strategy is to list the improvements that are necessary to ensure the welfare of your home and occupants. This means proper heating and hot water, good insulation, good wiring that won’t be affected by frosts and extreme chills or snowfalls, and backup systems that one can rely upon in case of power outages.
Once you’ve identified and scheduled the maintenance and improvements your home needs done you should take a few days to have your vehicle is overhauled so it is ready to cope with winter weather. If this requires leaving it overnight at the maintenance shop you could rely upon renting a vehicle from Alamo to get you and your family about while your vehicle is being winterized. You might take advantage of a Groupon coupon to get one of Alamo’s special deals that reduce the cost of vehicle rental. And if you happen to have a state fair or exhibition occurring nearby, it might be the perfect opportunity to turn a regularly scheduled overhaul and maintenance event into a family excursion to celebrate the beginning of the new season.