5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather

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As temperatures begin to cool and the summer heat winds down, it is a great time to start preparing your home for the winter months…and the coming colder weather.

Here are just a few tips to help you prep your home for winter.

  1. Winterize Outside Faucets – Be sure to disconnect and drain water hoses, and shut off the water supply to the outside spigots if your home has a separate shutoff valve. The same should be done for any outdoor kitchen faucets. If water is left in the faucet it may freeze, causing a build-up of pressure that can cause a pipe to burst inside or underneath your home.
  2. Set Ceiling Fan Blades for Winter – While you often think of fans as a summertime appliance, they can also be helpful in winter. Set fan blades to move clockwise and run them slowly. The idea is to lift cool air to the ceiling and push heated air down where you can enjoy it. It also helps to reduce your energy bills.
  3. Have Your Furnace Serviced – If your furnace quits on you in the middle of winter, your home will be without heat until it is repaired – leaving your water pipes vulnerable to freezing temperatures. Make sure your heating system is in good working order before cold weather hits.
  4. Check Your Hot Water Heater – There are few things worse than being without hot water in cold weather – especially during the holiday season. Make sure your water heater is in good working order, flushed and properly insulated to ensure you’ll have an abundance of hot water this winter.
  5. Install a Door Sweep – This is a simple trick that helps to keep cold air out and reduce your energy bill. A door sweep is a flexible piece of rubber or plastic that’s held to the door’s lower edge by a strip of aluminum. It’ll stop those cold winter drafts from chilling your feet.

These few tricks will help prepare your home for winter...and save you a few headaches in the cooler months.

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