WINTERIZE YOUR HOME - here's a few best bets!

Dated: September 15 2021

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TAKE THESE STEPS toward a SUCCESSFUL WINTER READINESS!

Weather stripping or installing storm doors and windows will certainly help to prevent cold air from getting in... or heat escaping - both impact your power bills. #weatherstripping will reduce your monthly bills!

Protect Windows from Heat Loss - keep chilly air from leading in through window cracks, swap out the lightweight summer curtains with thermal lined drapes. They'll keep your home warmer and lower your heating bill. For windows that don't get direct sunlight, keep curtains/drapes closed to keep the cold air out and warm in.

Got a Fireplace? Animal nests and creosote build-up in your fireplace can be hazardous. It's recommended to schedule an annual inspection. Call your local chimney sweep to assist. 

Get your Gutters Cleaned! Very important winter prep is cleaning out your gutters! A good rule of thumb is to have them done following the last of the leave fall - many are moving to gutter guards to help! Gutter guards are may of stainless steel or polyvinyl chloride - long-lasting and keeps leaves, pine needles, roof sand/grit, and other debris out. Taking these steps will prevent clogging, and allow melting snow to drain properly.

BLOCK the COLD! Caulk around windows, use foam outlet protectors to prevent cold air from entering your home. Note - the majority of heat loss typically occurs through an opening in the attic. Get to know your insulation.

PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT! During the winter, the Department of #Energy suggests keeping the thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit when you're at home. It's smart to set the thermostat just a few degrees lower while you're away or while sleeping. A programmable #thermostat can be helpful to allow you to customize your heating/cooling system - without much effort on your end. Set it and forget it!

Efficient FURNACE! Your furnace will function more efficiently with a clean filter. A dirty filter with trapped lint, pollen, dust obstructs airflow and makes your furnace run longer to heat your home. Replace your filters at the very least every three months. Got Allergies? It's been recommended to replace filters monthly. 

PLANT PROTECTION! Bringing inside your plants and flowering trees before the first cold snap. Typically, bringing in your plants before temps drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. 

OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT! Don't forget about your outdoor living space. Cold temps, snow, and ice can damage outdoor furniture, and grills. Store, or cover to protect! Propane tanks, need to first have the valve closed and then disconnected the tank. Propane tanks to be stored outside. 

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