• Robin MOORE

Let's Get Winterized

Here are some tips on how to winterize your home. Lets keep the heat in and lower the cost of the utility bills. I'm sure there are things you would rather speed your money on.

1. Clean The Gutters

No one likes to do this but it has to be done. Get those small twigs and leaves out of the gutters. Water from rain, snow and ice needs to flow freely. If not you can get busted gutters or damage to the eves of your house. And that is one more expensive repair you will have to deal with later. After you clean the gutters put on gutter protectors. It will make the job a whole lot easier for next year. Watch this link on how to clean your gutters and installing gutter guards

2. Rotate The Ceiling Fan Clockwise

Ceiling fans are everyone's favorite in the summer time. But they can help out during the winter as well. Have your ceiling fans move in a clockwise direction so they push hot air along the ceiling towards the floor.

3. Check Window and Door seals

If you have older windows that leak you may want to consider covering them in plastic. It will make a big difference in your utility bills.

Heat can also escapes under the door. When winterizing your house, place draft guards by the doors. It's a simple solution that keeps your house warm and saves you from wasting energy. You can put insulation tape around your outside doors and windows if that are not leaking to much air.

Change Your Filters

Keeping the filters in your HVAC system will help keep your unit running and save you money in repair bills later. But most of all it will keep it efficient.

Install Electrical Outlet Gaskets

surprising a lot of cold air blows in around electrical outlets. Every home has has dozens of outlets. An easy way to seal up drafty outlets is with foam-rubber outlet gaskets. Simply remove the outlet cover plate, apply the gasket over the electrical outlet, then replace the

Hang Insulated Curtains

Even the best, tightest-sealing windows feel a bit cold in winter. To make rooms feel warmer, cover windows with insulated blinds or thick drapes. Homes with central heat or air conditioning benefit from thermal curtains, as thermal curtains prevent air from entering or leaving the room. In the winter, these curtains keep heat inside and reduce the amount of heat needed to warm the home, which saves money on utility bills.

Remove all garden hoses from outside faucets, drain them and store them away. Shut off the valves and insulate the faucet. This will save time and money later. You will not have to replace water hoses in the spring, and it could save you time and money replacing busted pipes and faucets.

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