Preparing Your Home for Cold Weather

November 21, 2017 9:00 am

shutterstock_348562265With only a short time left in the autumn season, now may be good time to prepare your home for the colder months ahead. Your electricity bill and your family’s safety are affected by the condition of your home in the winter. Follow these quick tips to make sure that your home is ready for cold weather:

Clean your gutters – Fallen leaves and other debris from the autumn months could clog up your gutters. Not only can clogged gutters decrease efficiency, they can also create an ice dam on your roof during freezing temperatures. Watch this video to learn more.

Seal cracks around doors and windows – Any cracks around doors and windows in your home could be letting cold air in and warm air out. Use caulk or weather-stripping to seal the openings. Watch this video for some easy tips. 

Give your furnace a tune-up – Sediment buildup can cause your heating system to work less efficiently and become a fire hazard. Cleaning your furnace annually can help prevent this. Also remember that dirty filters can decrease airflow and energy efficiency, so make sure to change those regularly. For detailed instructions on cleaning your furnace, click here. 

Prevent plumbing problems – Frozen pipes can be a nightmare. If you have exposed pipes in areas such as a crawlspace, attic, or outside walls, make sure that they are covered with insulation to prevent them from freezing. For a tutorial on how to prevent frozen pipes, click here.

Even simple preparations for your home can make a big difference in energy costs and sustainability. I have trusted industry partners who can help you with winterizing your home. Call me today – I would love to refer someone great who can help protect your home from the damage of the colder months. If you are looking for ways to save money each month, now may be the perfect opportunity for a mortgage checkup as well to see if a refinance could help you. Let’s plan to talk soon!