Cold temperatures and harsh weather conditions can cause damage to your home during the winter months. Check out these helpful tips to make sure your home stays in its best shape and saves you money this winter.
Prevent Pipes from Freezing
When water freezes, it expands and can cause your pipes to burst. To prevent frozen pipes, insulate pipes near windows, doors and in areas of the home that are unheated. Disconnect your garden hose from the outside faucet. Set the heat to no lower than 55 degrees F.
Check Batteries in Smoke and Carbon monoxide Detectors
This is especially important during winter when we keep windows closed and use wood-burning stoves and fireplaces more often. Make sure you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in each bedroom, on each floor of the house and in the kitchen. Check detectors monthly and change batteries as needed.
Remove Window Screens
Removing screens from windows can boost natural light and improve natural heat from the sun. During winter storms, snow can also get trapped between the screen and window, which could cause moisture damage to window frames and sills.
Sufficient insulation will help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If your insulation is inadequate, your heating system will have to work overtime this winter. By adding some insulation to your attic, walls and crawlspace, you can save money on heating costs.
Check for Air Leaks
Be proactive now on your home maintenance checklist to save on heating costs during the winter months. Be sure to check for air leaks around windows and doors, including cracks in caulking or weatherstripping. Replace caulk and weatherstripping if needed.
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