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4 Ways to Prep Your Home for Winter

04 November 2018
Kevin Hartley

If you live in an area of the country that has a true winter, you know how difficult it can be. It's also tough on your house, which is why you need to prepare your home for the cold, wind and snow. Here are four ways to prep your home for the winter.

Have Your Furnace and Water Heater Inspected

Your furnace and your water heater are two systems that you don't want to go down during the winter months. Being without heat or hot water on cold days can make life miserable. To ensure these two systems are in top shape, you should have them inspected before winter starts.Joplinsrecommends having a furnace inspection yearly, as this will save you headaches in the future, but can significantly cut down on bills since your furnace will be performing better than if you hadn’t done it. Having a professional inspection done can also help find any small issues with your furnace or water heater before they become big ones and help to ensure they perform efficiently throughout the winter months.

Insulate Your Pipes

A frozen pipe during the winter can cause a huge problem. Frozen pipes often burst, which can lead to flooding and a tremendous amount of damage in your home. Avoiding frozen pipes ensures damage to your home doesn't happen. To help reduce the risk of your pipes freezing during the winter months, you have to insulate them. Usually, the best way to insulate your water pipes is to wrap them in towels or blankets. This is normally necessary for pipes in places that aren't well insulated, such as a crawl space or garage. For outdoor faucets or bibsFletcher's Plumbinghas some tips: “Turn off the water supply and properly drain the faucet. You should insulate any outdoor pipes, even if you have drained them and don’t intend on using them. It could cause complications in the future.”

Winterize Your Home

Another thing you need to do to prepare your home for winter is to winterize it. This usually involvessealing up any cracks around windowsand door frames that could let in cold air. It also could involve sealing up other cracks, such as those in your foundation and those around utility entrances into your home. Winterizing can also involve adding or replacing insulation in places that need more of it, such as attics and basements.

Switch Your Ceiling Fans

Your ceiling fans aren't just for summer cooling; they play a role in the winter as well.Del Mar Fans & Lightingexplains, “switching your fans so that they run clockwise in the winter helps with your winter heating. Warm air rises, so running your fan on low helps to circulate it and redistribute it throughout your home.” Many modern fans now have a little switch on them that allows you to switch the direction.

These are a few of the best things you can do to winterize your home. Doing so will help to ensure winter is a breeze.

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