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7 Ways to Easily Winterize Your Home

Jay Marks

Jay has been selling real estate since 1993 and has had the opportunity to help several thousand clients buy and sell real estate over those 25 years ...

Jay has been selling real estate since 1993 and has had the opportunity to help several thousand clients buy and sell real estate over those 25 years ...

Nov 17 3 minutes read

Winter is coming! So, we'd suggest you start taking care of these items around the house now to winterize your home to prepare for those freezing temperatures heading our way.

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#1: Clean out your gutters.

With all of the leaves that have been falling off the trees during the Fall, your gutters are certainly full of debris. Clean them out now to make sure water can flow freely and won't freeze and cause damage later.

#2: Change the direction of your ceiling fans.

How many of you were today days old when you learned you should change the direction of your ceiling fans based on the season? In the winter, adjust them to rotate clockwise so that the warm air is pushed towards the floors.

#3: Replace your air filters.

We recommend you replace your filters at least every 3 months, but definitely make sure they've been replaced recently to increase the efficiency of your HVAC system.

#4: Check for areas that could use some caulking.

No one likes a cold draft coming in through windows, doors, etc. in the winter. Check now for areas that could use caulking, weather stripping, or even weatherstrip tape as a temporary fix. 

#5: Invest in a programmable thermostat.

You don't need to spend a fortune to get a great, programmable thermostat that will ultimately save you money on your energy and heating bills. When you're out of town for the holidays, they come in very handy to keep the house a little cooler while you're away. There are also amazing options you can adjust using an app on your phone which makes it even easier to adjust the temperature to save you money.

#6: Keep your house at the ideal temperature.

Most HVAC experts agree that 68 degrees is the ideal temperature to keep your house at during the winter. It's warm enough that your pipes won't freeze, but will still have you plenty comfortable. And when you do leave the house for long periods of time, experts don't recommend you adjust the temperature more than 5 degrees.

#6: Double check your fireplace.

If you haven't yet lit a fire in your fireplace, have someone come out to check your fireplace is clear of debris, nests, etc. We'd recommend having a chimney sweep come out to thoroughly clean the chimney before your first use.

#7: Bring your plants indoors.

Not all plants can survive freezing temperatures. Plant experts advise you to bring your plants indoors before temperatures hit 45 degrees. So, prepare some space in your home to keep all your plant babies this winter.

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