Winterize Your Home: An Affordable Guide
We have an affordable guide to winterize your home now that the fall weather will soon transition to winter weather. Getting your home prepared for this colder weather is very important. Therefore, we have found this affordable guide to winterize your home before it’s too late. Most things you need to do to your home are just labor intensive and completely free to do.
How to Winterize Your Home
Gutters and Drains – Cleaning out your gutters and drains from leaves is a very important part of getting your home ready for the winter. Leaving leaves and other debris in your gutters can cause ice buildup, which can create ice jams and cause damage to your siding, interior of your home and even the foundation of your home. Clear gutters will allow water to flow more freely and lessen the changes of ice jams.
Furnace Maintenance – Have your furnace maintained annually to ensure it will be properly during cold weather. This will help prevent break downs at inconvenient times like during a snowstorm.
Disconnect Hoses – Disconnect all the water hoses from around your home. This will help prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. This is actually a common problem that homeowners tend to ignore. New pipes and water damage cleanup is not cheap. Just disconnecting water hoses can save you tons of money.
Water Heater – Flush your water heater to remove the particles and sediment that collects at the bottom. This buildup can cause the heating elements to go out before the end of their life expectancy. It’s free to do and easy too.
Filters – Is it time to change your filter? Changing your filters regularly will help your unit run at its optimum performance. This is an easy improvement that is affordable if you change it regularly.
Window Insulation – Window insulation film can help keep 70% more heat in your home. You can purchase window insulation film from your local home store for less than $35 per kit.
Extra Insulation – To keep even more heat in your home, check for missing or fallen insulation. You may even need to just pack in a little extra insulation around the attic and crawlspace or basement. This is an affordable way to winterize your home at less than $30 per roll.
Hopefully this winter will be a mild one, but who knows? It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
These how to winterize your home tips are brought to you by: Tom and Bev Herring, buying and selling Tulsa Real Estate, Broken Arrow Real Estate, Jenks Real Estate, Bixby Real Estate and Owasso Real Estate as well as Keystone Lake Real Estate, Berryhill and Sand Springs Real Estate.