Prepare Your Home For Winter
By Michelle D. Formica, Manager, Marketing Services, The Long & Foster Companies.
Is your home prepared for the winter days ahead? Winterizing your home will help prevent damage, reduce electricity costs and improve energy efficiency.
Prevent cold air and moisture from entering your home.
Install weather stripping around your doors and windows
Check all your windows and replace old cracked caulking beads
If you have a storm door, replace the screen insert with a glass insert
Add adequate insulation in your attic
Install a moisture barrier under the house in the crawl space using 6 MIL plastic
Improve energy efficiency to help reduce electricity costs.
Insulate your water heater with a water-heater blanket or wrap
Vacuum all the heat ducts in the home, clearing the air flow and assisting in heating your home properly
Replace or clean the air filters in your home to increase air quality and decrease how hard the HVAC system must work
Run your ceiling fans in reverse, a clockwise direction, to circulate heat and improve efficiency
Prevent freezing pipes.
Add insulation around your exterior water pipes
Know where the main shut off valve is
Keep an indoor faucet dripping
If your home is vacant, empty the water heater, drain all the pipes and fill the various fixtures with an anti-freeze solution
Prepare your fireplace and chimney for use.
Make sure your home’s chimney vents and flues are clean and safe to use
Get your furnace and fireplace inspected by a professional
Avoid exterior damage to your home.
Inspect the outside area of your home and remove all low-hanging tree branches that may fall during an ice or snowstorm
Clean your gutters of dirt and leaves
If your home is vacant and you’re preparing to sell, contact your local real estate agent for help with the home-selling process. If you’re living in your home and need help winterizing your home, your real estate agent can recommend specialized experts in your area.
Tiffany Frederick is a licensed Virginia Real Estate Agent
Tiffany@LNF.com · Cell: 440.785.6880
Long & Foster Reston 2100 Reston Pkwy Suite 102 · Reston, VA 20190
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