How To Winterize Your Home In 8 Simple Steps

Dated: December 1 2014

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Right now is the time to winterize your home in order to avoid costly repairs and to help cut down on the high cost of heating. Following these 8 simple steps will help keep you home safe and warm this winter!

1.       Look for uninsulated pipes. If there are areas of your home that are not heated then those pipes must be wrapped in order to avoid freezing. You can wrap the pipes with electrical heat tape.
2.       If you are leaving your home for 2 days or more during cold weather, leave your thermostat set at 55.
3.       Disconnect all hoses from outside spickets and cover them with an insulated cover found at any hardware store.
4.       Clean out your gutters to avoid ice build-up which can damage the roof. 
5.       Run your ceiling fans in reverse. A clockwise rotation will produce warmer air.
6.       Turn your water heater temperature down to 120 degrees.
7.       Weather strip around doors to prevent cold air from getting in.
8.       Caulk your windows to help seal out the cold air and keep in the warm air.

These simple steps can help reduce the cost of heating your home in the winter and prevent costly repairs caused by freezing weather.
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Terry Ivie

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