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20 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe, Warm, and Energy Efficient This Winter

Posted on 10, November 2011 by csadmin

Even though Old Man Winter is creeping up fast it's not too late to make sure your home's ready for the coming months of cold.  Sure, winter in the South is usually small fish compared to cities above the Mason-Dixon Line, but have you ever witnessed the pandemonium caused by flurries in Atlanta? You've never seen milk and bread disappear so fast!

Check out these 20 tips for winterizing your home.  You'll stay warmer, save money, and protect your real estate investment.  

  1. Have an energy audit performed to identify issues with your home's energy efficiency.
  2. Change the direction of your ceiling fan blades to clockwise in order to push down warm air.
  3. Touch up paint on your home's exterior wooden trim, decks, and railings.
  4. Inspect and repair the caulking around windows and doors.
  5. Turn off the water to your outdoor faucets.
  6. Have your sprinkler system blown free of water.
  7. If your home has a forced air heating system, have the ducts inspected for leaks.
  8. Check your dryer exhaust vent for lint buildup and/or critters.
  9. Clean your gutters to prevent ice damming.
  10. Time change = time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  11. Have your chimney examined and repaired.
  12. Consider upgrading your attic's insulation.
  13. Replace the weatherstripping on doors and windows.
  14. Install foam gaskets under your home's switch plates.
  15. Have your furnace cleaned and tuned; replace the filters regularly.
  16. Insulate pipes that run through unheated spaces.
  17. Trim tree branches hanging near your roof, windows, and driveway.
  18. Make a 72 hour kit.  Ya know, just in case we get a repeat of last January.
  19. Winterize your A/C.
  20. Keep your hot water heater cozy in a jacket.

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