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Preparing for Winter Inside Your Home

Preparing for Winter Inside Your Home

Winter’s not here yet, but you know it’s coming. Here are some things you can do to prepare outside your home.

  1. Wrap the water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to help prevent the pipes from freezing, bursting, and creating a nasty and expensive mess.
  2. Place an insulated blanket around your hot water heater.
  3. When you have finished using your fireplace, make sure the flue is closed.
  4. Move any furniture that is blocking heating vents.
  5. Have your furnace tuned up.
  6. Maintain your humidifier by replacing the filter and cleaning it. You can use vinegar to do that.
  7. If you do not have a programmable thermostat, consider investing in one.
  8. Set your programmable thermostat a few degrees cooler to save on utility costs when the furnace runs.
  9. Insulate the attic floor to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within your home.
  10. Set your ceiling fans to go counterclockwise to force warm air down.
  11. Seal any cracks and crevices in windows and doors to make sure cold air cannot invade your house.
  12. Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
  13. And here are some tips to keep in the back of your mind (or to put on your phone) for when the weather gets really cold.
    a. Keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around water pipes.
    b. Make sure there is a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially those connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.

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