Home ownership is a blessing with many wonderful benefits. To keep things wonderful though,
a bit of regular maintenance is necessary. Each season requires slightly different maintenance.
Winter is upon us, so let’s consider a few winter home maintenance tips.
Fires will most likely be burning warm and bright on cold nights. It is important to have your
chimney cleaned by a professional, as well as check for any repairs your chimney may need.
Check the batteries in all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Heating elements are
often the cause of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning in the winter. These detectors can
possibly save your life.
Protect your water pipes when the temperature goes below freezing. Pipes that are near doors,
windows or in unheated areas need to be insulated. Outside garden hoses need to be
unhooked and insulate the outside spigots with a winter cover.
Check your windows and doors for air leaks to keep the cost of heating down. You may need to
replace caulk and weatherstripping. Keeping your curtains and blinds closed will also help to
keep the heat from escaping.
Insulation is essential to keeping your home warm in the winter. This is a good time to inspect
the insulation in your attic and other areas where you have access. Add more insulation where
needed to keep heating costs down.
The easiest tip on this list is to reverse your ceiling fans. Most fans have a switch to reverse the
direction of flow. As we know, heat rises, so reversing the direction of your fan will push the
warm air down. This is another way to reduce heating costs.
These things may look like a bit of work, but it is all definitely worth it. We want to continue
enjoying the benefits of owning a home by keeping it in good shape. We hope these tips will
help you get your home ready for winter.

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