Winter Prep Tips for Saving Money & Keeping Your Family Safe!
Even though we live on the MS Gulf Coast we still must prep our homes for winter. It doesn't happen often, but when freezing temps do strike, we are often left unprepared resulting in busted frozen pipes and unnecessarily high utility bills.
Not again! Use this checklist to make sure your home is ready for winter. And don't delay - cold weather is already upon us!
- Stop drafts under the doors by rolling up a bath towel and placing it at the base of the door or install draft guards.
- Reverse the direction of your fans. When your fans move counter clockwise they provide cool air. Switch the direction to clockwise and they will provide warmth by pushing the warm air at the top of the room back down.
- Reduce the temperature of your water heater to between 120 & 140 or go tankless. A tankless water heater will provide you with instantly hot water, reduce opportunities for huge messes from leaking water heaters, and save you money on your utility bill.
- Install storm doors and windows.
- Install a programmable thermostat. With a programmable thermostat you can reduce your utility bill by only keeping your rooms at your ideal temperature when you are in them. Why waste money heating and cooling your home when you are at work for 10 hours during the day?
- Caulk where different materials on your home meet. Examples are corners, chimney, dryer vent, and exit points for pipes and wires.
- Add insulation between walls, on the attic floors, and on basement ceilings.
- Insulate your pipes, frost proof your faucets, and drain your irrigation system! This is a biggie! You would not believe how many calls we get each year requesting that frozen & busted pipes be repaired.
- Check your roof for missing shingles that might let in cold air or even worse rain waters.
- Clean your gutters. Leaving your gutters full of crud for the winter not only reduces their effectiveness but also lends itself to wood rot on your home.
Bonus: Keep your family safe by having your chimney swept/cleaned prior to starting your first fire for the season. During the warmer months chimneys can become clogged with leaves, animal nests, and other debris. It's extremely important to inspect and clean your chimney before you light that first fire!
No time to perform these winter prep tasks? Call us for an estimate. We will winterize your home for you. We will go through our checklist as well as check for other ways that you should winterize your home in order to save on utilities and keep you family safe.
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