Personal Lines Manager, Justin Kraus, shares some tips to get your home ready for the cold winter months.
As temperatures drop and the winter weather starts approaching, it is important to make sure your home is prepared for colder temperatures and snow fall. There are a few tips that will help you enjoy your winter without the hassle of frozen pipes and high heating bills.
Start your fall maintenance routine by inspecting your home for cracks or missing siding that will allow heat to escape or cold air to seep in. Remove window AC units and cover wall AC’s to prevent drafts. Keeping your home air tight will also prevent critters from trying to escape the winter weather and find shelter in your home. Clean all gutters to prevent water from draining improperly and causing an ice dam, when water starts melting it will need a place to go.
Have a licensed professional tune up your heating system, this can prevent untimely breakdowns during the winter months. An efficient boiler will help keep your heating cost down. Now is also a good time to replace all smoke and CO detectors, making sure they are working properly could prevent a serious problem. It is also an ideal time to check your fire extinguishers, most winter fires are caused by space heaters and candles. Having a fire extinguisher on hand could be helpful. Lastly, don’t forget to switch the direction on your ceiling fans to keep warm air circulating downward, this could help keep your energy bill down.
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