Is your home well-equipped to handle the cold winter months? Here are some steps to winterize your home from ServiceMaster Restore by LoveJoy.
Is your home well-equipped to handle the cold winter months? Harsh snowstorms and freezing temperatures are to be expected, and these can be tough on your property, and may even cause substantial damage if adequate preparations haven't been made in advance. Winterizing your home can keep the heat in, lower your energy bills, and can even reduce the risk of injury to household members.
Prepare your property this winter by taking appropriate actions in the following areas.
Pipes - Frozen or burst pipes are common problems during the cold season. Protect pipes by draining water from the swimming pool and sprinkler system water lines. Garden hoses must be detached from spigots and must be drained before storing. Pipes in the unheated areas of the home, such as the attic, garage, and basement must be insulated. If there is a huge drop in temperature, let the faucet drip.
Exterior - Gutters must be cleared of leaves, twigs, and other materials to allow melted ice to flow freely and prevent the occurrence of ice dams, which could enable water to seep into the attic or roof and cause water damage. Cracks and air leaks around windows and doors should be caulked or sealed.
Interior - It is important to keep the heat in during cold winter months. Do this by adding interior weather stripping around windows and doors. In order to decrease the heat lost through glass windows, it would be helpful to apply an insulation film. A storm door may be added to entryways leading outside the house. For doors leading to an attached garage, draft guards may be used. In order to keep the indoors warm, ceiling fans must be set to rotate clockwise to push the warm air back down into the room. Also, fireplaces and chimneys must be checked and cleaned properly.
Insulation and HVAC - Ensure that the home has adequate insulation, including unheated areas such as the crawl space and basement. It is ideal to have the HVAC inspected and serviced before the weather gets cold in order to ensure that the equipment is in good working condition and a system breakdown can be avoided. Also, change air filters before turning on the heat.
Thermostat - The U.S Department of Energy recommends setting the thermostat to 68°F while you're awake and setting it lower while you're asleep or away from home.
It is still early enough in the winter for you to complete these tasks and winterize your home for the rest of the season. By following these steps, you can improve the energy efficiency of your home, keep your heating system functioning normally, and prevent frozen or burst pipes that can lead to water damage problems.
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