How To Winterize Your Home in a Weekend

 

 

Pride of ownership sells a home faster than most anything else, if you get in the habit of taking care of your home regularly count on an easier sale when it’s time to move. Part of that “Home Care” program should be readying your home for the cold weather. Here are some tips to help you get it done in a weekend!

 

Programmable Thermostat:

The US Department of Energy says you can save as much as 1% on your energy bill for every degree you lower your home’s temperature during the winter. Install a programmable thermostat now and save money by keeping the temp down when you’re not at home. If you are away from your home for an extended period of time make sure to leave the temperature no lower than 60 degrees to ensure your pipes don’t freeze.

 

Furnace Check:

Get this scheduled and change that Filter. Having your home’s furnace checked for efficiency every year will extend its life (and your savings account). Changing the filters on a regular basis is also good for your furnace and your air quality.

 

Gutter Cleaning:

To keep your home from possible leaks, remember to get those gutters clean and free of debris. Frozen leaves and debris can jam up those gutters so that water does not move freely. This is one of the primary causes of ceiling leaks inside a home.

 

Outdoor Sprinklers and Hoses:

Make sure that your sprinkler system has been totally drained. Remove outdoor hoses and store them in a dry place until spring has arrived.

 

Fireplace:

Be sure to clean out your fireplace gas or wood yearly. Also, if you don’t use your fireplace there is something called a fireplace balloon that can be installed to save on heating bills as well.

 

Fire/Carbon Monoxide Detectors:

Test and replace batteries in every detector you have. These small devices save lives if maintained regularly.

 

The weekend is here, time to get that Home Care habit going!