Cold weather can present several problems for winterize your home. Preparing your home for the winter can help you save on heating costs and prevent potential damage to your property. Though it may sound a daunting, many of these preparations can be done relatively quickly and easily.

  1. Reverse your ceiling fan. Did you know that most ceiling fans can alternate directions for warmer versus colder weather? Therefore, in the summer your fan should be spinning counter clockwise to create a downdraft that cools down the room. As we know, heat rises, so in the colder months, flipping your fan to the clockwise setting can circulate the warm air near your ceiling through the room. Such a simple fix can allow you to use heat more efficiently. Cutting down on energy costs is a win-win! You can find the switch above the fan blades.
  2. Clear your gutters. Once the leaves stop falling, don’t forget to clean out your gutters to prevent damage to your home. If your gutters get stopped up with leaves and debris, it can cause expensive water damage. Additionally, if they become too heavy, they can actually tear away from your house.
  3. Re-caulk your windows and doors. Drafty, leaky windows and doors can create water damage and heat loss. With $20 and a couple hours of work, you’ll be much more comfortable and will save money on heating costs.
  4. Have your roof and chimney inspected. You’ll be able to sleep more soundly at night knowing your home is structurally sound and safe heading into the winter months. Though it may be on the pricier side, neglecting these areas could lead to expensive repairs down the road. Getting inspections can prevent house fires and weather damage.
  5. Trim tree branches. Strong winds or heavy snow can cause branches to break in a storm; pruning large or overhanging branches can help you avoid injury and damage. So, if you are not able to trim the branches yourself, call the best realtor in town, Nechelle Robinson! I would be happy to recommend a landscaping company to help.
  6. Check your insurance coverage. This is a great time to touch base with your home insurance company to review your coverage and ensure you are covered. Ask questions regarding what your policy covers, and how it handles weather-related damages.

 

Taking some time to winterize your home will save you money in the long-run, and give you tremendous peace-of-mind.