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Winterize Your Home

winter home

Doesn’t everyone love the fall weather? Crisp, cool mornings with sunny, warm afternoons! While we can enjoy fall now, we all know it is only a matter of time before those cool mornings become frigid. For all our home owners out there, we wanted to help you prepare your home for winter, so you aren’t left in the cold!

Follow these 6 easy Home Winterizing steps and you can sit back and relax by the fire when the cold weather hits.

  1. Stop the Draft – If your exterior doors don’t have a very tight seal, you will lose precious heat once the outside temperature drops. Keep that heat inside by installing draft stoppers. You can find décor complimenting ones on Etsy or just pick up a plain one at your local Home Improvement store.
  2. frozen faucetProtect Exterior Faucets – The average house has 2 outside faucets, one in the back and one in the front. Look for your faucets and cover them with foam insulated faucet covers. These could not be easier to install and are very inexpensive. Preventing frozen pipes and burst faucets is definitely worth it!
  3. Protect Exterior Outlets – The exterior outlets are basically big holes in the side of your house, so make sure they don’t let all your heat escape! Install outlet sealers on all your outside outlets and while you are at it, install child proof plugs too. They help keep the heat inside as well.
  4. Change the Filter in your Heat Pump – Your Heating system will be working overtime during the coldest months of the year, so make sure you do your part to help it out. Whenever you switch from air conditioning to heat (and vice versa), that is the time to swap out the old filter for a new fresh one. The savings in heat efficiency will far outweigh the cost of a new filter.
  5. Programmable Thermostat – We said it in our Smart Home blog, but wanted to reiterate here as well… a programmable thermostat can help you save $100s a year on heating and cooling costs. They are easy to install and in most cases save you more in the first year than they cost to purchase.
  6. Clean out your Gutters – No matter how many leaves you rake this fall, take the time to make sure your gutters are cleaned out. If your gutters are full of debris and Mother Nature adds snow and ice, the combination can mean damage to your home, roof or gutters due to excessive weight. Don’t let that be your nightmare this winter!

Here is a handy list to take to the home improvement store with you. Pick up everything you need and get your home winterized in one afternoon!

Home Improvement Store Shopping List:

  1. Draft Stoppers for Door
  2. Outside Faucet Covers
  3. Outlet Cover Sealers and Child Proof plugs
  4. New Filter(s) for your Heat Pump
  5. Programmable Thermostat
  6. Ladder and Gloves (for cleaning out the gutters!)