5 Tips For Beating Winter
Winter is coming your way! Are you ready to brave the cold?
Check out these 5 winterizing tips to help you stay warm this winter!
Did you know that you’re supposed to change the direction of your ceiling fan depending on the season?
During the summer months, your fan should spin counterclockwise, which pushes cool air down into the room.
Switching your fan to spin clockwise at a low speed, warm air that gravitates to the ceiling will be pushed and recirculated through the room, giving the furnace a little relief.
Think of your home like a boat. If a boat has a hole, it will sink.
If your home has loose seals or even a hole to the exterior, cold air will seep through.
Prior to the first cold snap, take time to examine all caulking around doors and windows.
If there’s a weak spot, caulk is a cheap and easy fix compared to a sky-high electric bill mid-winter.
Go the extra mile and check weatherstripping on doors and windows, too!
Drip water faucets (interior and exterior)
Once you’re looking at freezing temperatures, a lot of damage can be done to your water pipes.
If proactive measures aren’t taken to ensure you won’t have an issue, you may end up dealing with burst pipes in and around your home.
The best thing you can do to prevent freezing is unhook and drain exterior hoses and turn faucets to a drizzle.
A trickle of running water is much less likely to freeze than still water.
Clean and repair gutters
Before snow begins falling, check and clean your gutters to ensure they’re in tip top shape.
Remove the fall leaves and other debris that may have accumulated over time and patch any holes or weak spots, ensuring an unobstructed flow.
Once the snow begins to melt, your clean gutters will send the melted snow out of the way rather than making sloppy drippage all over your sidewalk.
It may not make those icy school mornings any less scary, but it’ll help you get to the car a little safer.
Ensure furnace is running correctly
Don’t wait until everyone else needs a technician to fix their heat!
Test your furnace before the first cold snap to ensure your heater is in perfect condition.
You’ll be ahead of the game and won’t be left out in the cold while searching for a technician who can diagnose your furnace’s issue.
Before long, others on the block will be asking for your advice on how you were so prepared for this winter!
The best thing you can do for your home and your family is to plan ahead.
You may not be prepared for everything life could throw your way, but you’ll still have a head start!
What do you think about our winterizing recommendations? Do you have tips or tricks to add?
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