As you brace for a cold Winter, now is the time to get your home ready before dangerously low temperatures appear. Here is our top 10 list of ways to prepare your home for harsh winter conditions to avoid costly damage.
1.Prep The Exterior
Start with cleaning your gutters and position the downspouts away from your home’s foundation. Make sure all hanging tree branches are cut down from the perimeter of your home. A heavy snow can lead to broken branches that can cause exterior and interior damage.
2.Check Your Windows
Look for gaps around each window and door frame. Gaps can cause air to leak inside forcing your HVAC system to have to work harder. Use weatherstripping tools to help close these gaps.
3.Protect Your Water Lines
Areas such as in your attic or crawl space can be exposed to harsh winds and cold temperatures. Check these areas to make sure your piping is wrapped in insulation with heat tape.
4.Prepare Your Faucets
We’ve all heard to keep water running so your pipes don’t freeze. Do it! Allow a small amount of cold water to run from your faucets. You can also open under-sink cabinet doors to keep warm air circulating around the pipes.
5.Use a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat not only uses the power of technology to help regulate your home’s temperature, but it can also save you money on your energy bills. Tip: Don’t crank your thermostat up or down to override programmed settings. This wastes energy and does not help heat or cool faster.
6.Check Your Refrigerator
Set your refrigerators temperature for the most efficient energy. The optimal temperature for food safety and energy is 36-28 degrees F. Setting your appliances too cold can waste energy.
7.Check The Rubber Door Gasket in Your Refrigerator
Make sure your refrigerator is sealed tightly by cleaning the rubber door gasket periodically. This will prevent the rubber door gasket from wearing out and allowing warm air in to the refrigerator forcing it to work harder.