Tips for Winterizing your Home
Winter is around the corner and for your home that can mean frozen pipes and a huge mess. Making sure you protect your biggest investment is very important and these tips can help you with winterizing your home.
- Insulate Pipes: this is so important when the weather gets below freezing. The water in your pipes can freeze and expand, causing the pipes to burst and leave a mess. Your local hardware store should sell foam or plastic wraps to put around your pipes, which we recommend to help with the cold weather.
- Drafts: Doors and windows can have broken seals and allow drafts into your home. Check your weather stripping on doors and windows, replace if needed. Also you can place rolled up towels at the bottom of doors to help on windy days.
- Furnace Tune Up: Call your local HVAC company and have your furnace tuned, cleaned and examined
- Change the filter: change your filter every 30 days. This keeps dirt and pet hair from blocking the flow of warm air into your home
- Reverse the Fans: reversing the ceiling fans in your home can improve your heating costs by 10%
- Programable Thermostat: Having your heat on a schedule can help with your winter bills. Having the heat turn down while you’re away, and up when you arrive or wake can help with your energy costs.
- Insulation: Many older homes do not have the most insulation or are up to date with current codes. Your local contractor or hardware store can advise on what is recommended for your area. Having proper insulation in your attic and crawlspace/basement can help keep the warm air in your living space, and not escaping into thin air
Keep your home safe and warm this winter with these winterization tips. Have you been thinking of buying a home? Contact us today, we’d love to help you find the perfect place to call home!