With cold weather here to (mostly) stay, it’s time to prepare yourself, and your home, for those chilly nights. Getting ready for winter temperatures can be easy and cost effective, and in the end, save you money as well. With the right preparation, you can save on energy bills and help prevent costly home repairs!
Drip your water when temps hit freezing. This will help prevent your pipes from freezing and possibly bursting. This is especially helpful if your pipes aren’t insulated or the crawl space where they are located isn’t either.
Keep your cabinets where your pipes are open. Whether it’s in your kitchen or your bathroom, open up those cabinet doors at night. This will help promote warm air circulation around those pipes.
Insulate your hot water pipes. Get pre-cut, hollowed foam and put it around your hot water pipes. This will help keep cold air off of them and take less to heat your water when you need it.
If you have an outside tap, turn it off. If your house is ten years or older, chances are your outdoor faucet isn’t frost proof. Turn the shut-off valve off from inside. While you’re at it, make sure your water hose is disconnected and drain the water from it and the pipes to prevent freezing.
Don’t mess with your thermostat. Select one comfortable temperature to keep your thermostat on all day long, even overnight. If this isn’t possible, select one day time temperature and then one nighttime temperature. This will help heating costs immensely. Also, do not turn off your heat during the day to save yourself money; it costs more money to heat your whole home from “scratch” than it does to maintain one temperature.
Get yourself a door sweep. This will help prevent outside drafts from coming inside and cooling your house down. These are relatively cheap and easy to install. Get one for all doors that lead outside if possible.
Use window coverings. Whether they are curtains, blinds, drapes, or shades, they are all helpful in keeping your house warm. This will help block out the air from outside coming in, and it will help keep your heat inside from going out! If possible, get yourself blinds and curtains.
Clean your gutters. Making sure they are free of leaves and debris will help prevent ice dams and water drainage.
These simple things will help ensure that you and your home are ready for whatever winter brings. While prepping for winter, be sure to give us a call and make sure you are covered with home insurance in case winter throws you a curveball that your home wasn’t prepared for!