Is Your Home Ready For Winter?

With the colder temperature now here, it’s important to take the time to make sure your home is ready for the long winter ahead.Doing this will give you the advantage of keeping your home warm and cozy, as well as keeping those heating costs down. Tips & Advice:
  • Check for drafts around your windows and doors. Ways to check for drafts would be to take a lighted candle, and hold it close to the window or door. Therefore, if the candle flickers, you have a draft. Another way to check would be to wet the back of your hand and hold it up. You will find it easy to feel for any drafts coming in. A temporary fix for this would be to apply caulking inside and out. It may be a good idea to plan to replace that window or door soon as well.
  • Check the weather stripping around your windows and door. This could be a quick easy fix to help with heat loss.
  • Shut off any exterior faucets to protect your pipes from freezing and bursting. This simple tip could save you a lot of money in repairs.
  • If you have a furnace, replace the air filter. This will not only improve the air quality, but it will also give you the opportunity to ensure your furnace is working at its greatest efficiency. This could also be a good time to have a maintenance inspection on your furnace. Have a professional ensure that it is ready for the winter months ahead.
  • Inspect your downspouts and gutters. Ensuring these are clear will allow the water and snow to clear. If you allow the snow and water to sit in the gutters, it could cause a buildup of ice on your roof. As a result, this could lead to a costly water damage repair.
These are a few tips that will keep your home warm and ready for the winter weather. Remember if you have any question about your home insurance, give us a call! We’re one call away from the best rates for home and auto insurance.