Have you winterized your home?

    With winter weather in full swing if you have not done so already now is the perfect time to weatherproof and winterize your home. Here are some tips to prepare for the winter elements:

    1. Bring in outdoor items such as barbeque grills, lawn mowers, furniture etc. and store in a garage or storage space.
    2. Keep your plants alive by bringing them inside if temperatures are predicted to drop below 45 degrees.
    3. Change the direction on your ceiling fans from counterclockwise to clockwise in the winter.
    4. Conduct an annual fireplace and chimney sweep before starting your first fire especially if you just moved into a new home. Contact us if you need a referral for an inspection company.
    5. Lower your water heater temperature. Most water heaters are set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Lowering the temperature to 120 degrees can help save money on your power bill.
    6. Check for any seal cracks where cold air could enter your home. Installing storm windows and doors and weather-stripping doors and windows will help keep heat inside your home and can potentially help reduce the cost of your electric bill. Replacing older windows with new energy-efficient alternatives can help keep your power bill low. It is also important to check your basement, crawlspace or attic as well and insulate any areas where the pipes are not covered. If you have additional questions on frozen pipe prevention let us know. We are happy to recommend a licensed plumber who can help.
    7. Have an older thermostat? Consider replacing it with a thermostat you can automatically set to one temperature while you are home and a lower temperature while you are away or at work.
    8. On nights where freezing temperatures are expected, leave bathroom and kitchen sink cabinets open so that the heat in the home can keep them above freezing. This also means making sure no harmful chemicals are in reach for pets and children while these cabinets are open.

    Have questions about reducing your power bill costs? Most energy companies will provide you with a report that will help you identify where you are using the most energy and help identify where you can cut costs. You will be surprised how much you can save simply by unplugging items that are not in use like lamps, chargers, blow dryers, etc.

    Winterizing your home allows you to protect your home and your power bill against the winter elements! If you have any questions about the best way to do that or need a recommendation on a contractor to use, give us a call and we’d love to help you! Stay warm!

    -Melissa Gyldstrand, Buyer Specialist

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