Top 5 Ways to Winterize your Home

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Top 5 Ways to Winterize your Home

Are you prepared for the chilly months ahead? Enjoy a cozy and worry-free season by winterizing your home now. Aside from pulling out those cashmere sweaters, perfecting your favorite holiday beverage, and having that winter coat dry-cleaned, here are our Top 5 Tips to ensure you will stay warm and dry this winter.

1 | Insulate the hot water heater – As one of the largest energy users in the home, this is a simple and easy way to maximize efficiency in the cold months.

2 | Repair insulation in attics and crawl spaces – Adding or repairing insulation will save you money and ensure your home remains properly heated. Rule of thumb – regardless of where you live in the U.S. you need a minimum of 12 inches of insulation in your attic.

3 | Protect your pipes – drain the lines, turn off valves, and insulate.

4 | Clear the gutters – this ensures nothing backs up or freezes, which will cause water to seep into the house. Downspouts should carry water away from the home’s foundation.

5 | Schedule a check up on your furnace – before old man winter rears his ugly head, you will want to make sure your furnace is in tip-top shape. Getting regular check-ups by a professional and replacing the filter are key.

For more information on how to protect your home this winter, see TLC’s 35 Ways to Winterize Your Home, which offers eco-friendly tips and green alternatives.

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