With the colder temperature now here, its important to take the time to make sure your home ie prepared for the long winter ahead. Doing this will give you the advantage of keeping your home warm and cozy as well as hopfully keeping those heating costs down.
Take some of these tips and use them where you can:
- Check for drafts around your windows and doors. Ways to check for drafts would be to take a lighted candle and hold it close to the window or door, if the candle flickers you have a draft. Another way to check would be to wet the back of your hand and hold it up. You will find it easy to feel for any drafts coming in. A temporary fix for this would be to apply a caulking inside and out, it may be a good idea to plan to replace that window or door in the near future as well.
- Check the weather stripping around your windows and door. This could be a quick easy fix to help with heat loss.
- Shut off any exterior faucets to protect your pipes from freezing and bursting. This simple tip could save you a lot of money in repairs.
- If you have a furnace replace the air filter. This will not only improve the air quality but it will also give you the opportunity to ensure your furnace is working at its maximum efficiency. This could also be a good time to have a maintenance inspection on your furnace to have a professional ensure that it is ready for the winter months ahead.
- Inspect your downspouts and gutters. Ensuring these are clear will allow the water and snow to clear easily. If you allow the snow and water to sit in the gutters it could cause a buildup of ice on your roof which could lead to a costly water damage repair.
These are just a few tips that will keep your home warm and ready for the winter weather. Remember if you have any question about your home insurance give us a call! Were one call away from the best rates for home and auto insurance.