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

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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.
  • http://www.walkercontracting.ca/locations/roofing-etobicoke/ Kermit Lukacs

    It’s best to do these before winter arrives. Working in the cold can be pretty uncomfortable. Likewise, your roof and home can be strained by the cold temperatures of winter if you don’t take care of them!

  • http://www.building-and-roofing.co.uk Droitwich Builders

    An energy efficient home is something we should all strive for. Not only can small steps be taken to lighten the footprints we leave behind for future generations, but these same steps can really save a bunch of money on your utility bills.

  • http://www.soldsameday.com/blog/advantages-to-private-money-lenders/ Private money lender

    You are giving great ideas of warming your house well.Most of the people ignore the work of heater.I think heater is a thing which will be very perfect in warming house.

  • http://www.rentalchoice.com Property Management

    This one truly sounds great! As I have found the extreme tips about to keeping our home safe and energy efficient in this winter. This one is completely looking one of the precious experienced post about it. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.airtronsa.com/more/san-antonio-service-areas/staples.aspx air conditioning staples

    Completing an energy audit is very important. Many times it is our heating and cooling units require the most energy. A lot of things on this list are very important, however, I would suggest getting your HVAC unit serviced. One, it will help get your system through the winter, which will avoid you freezing to death. And two, it will help save on your energy bill. A unit uses less energy when it is working in it’s peak condition.

  • http://www.bes.co.uk/ plumbing

    Another helpful tip: Get a programmable thermostat so you don’t have to manually turn it down. You can set it and forget it. Thermostats sometimes qualify for incentives.

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    These tips are really helpful for all people because every one want to keep their home safe. I think these all tips are best for the keeping our home safe during winter.

  • http://www.perth-painters.com.au/ Perth Painters

    Great tips – before you know it, winter is here, and pipes are bursting everywhere!