Ready for Winter - Quick Checklist By Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley 11/12/2015 Doesn't hurt to send one more reminder that winter is approaching and reminding all to prepare their homes. Turn on the heat! Keep the heat at a minimum of 55 degrees. Turn off any exterior water and remove any hoses from an exterior hose bib. Have your HVAC serviced to ensure peak performance Replace batteries in your smoke/carbon monoxide alarm batteries. If they are over 10 years old – REPLACE! Reverse the ceiling fans – in winter they need to run clockwise to bring the heat down. Have chimneys cleaned professionally Check door sweeps to make sure heat is not leaking out. Check sealant at windows and vents as well. Please share with friends and neighbors. Thanks for reading.