How to Winterize Your Home

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When temperatures dip it's time to prepare your home for the upcoming fall and winter season.  The tips we have are quick and affordable to complete and in the end save on home utilities as well.

Keep Drafts Out A window insulation kit is an affordable and easy way to keep the drafts from coming into your window.  If you question if your windows have a draft, take a lit candle around a window and see if the flame moves.  If it does, you have yourself a drafty window. In just minutes you'll have an air tight seal that is easily disguised with its clear see through finish.

Add Weather Stripping Drafty doors and garages are key places where heat can be exiting your home.  Weather stripping comes in a variety of options, so make sure you ready the packages and select the right one.  The added benefit of garage stripping is it can help keep out mice from settling in for the winter. Change it Up Changing your ceiling fan to a run at a low speed in a clockwise direction will push the warm air down. Just remember to reverse the setting as warmer temperatures arrive in your home.

Prepare Pipes For A Freeze A home owners nightmare comes when frozen pipes make their way upon your place. Pipe insulation is affordable and long lasting.  Add it on to pipes near exterior walls. It's a true set and forget item in your home.

Water Heater Blanket Insulation blankets are designed for gas, oil or electric water heaters up to 60 gallon size. It contains a roll of plastic tape that wraps your water heater in just minutes.  By insulating your water heater you help reduce water heater recovery time thus saving energy.

Digital Thermostat Adding a thermostat like a Nest enables your home to learn what temperatures you like, turns itself down when you’re away.  The Nest Thermostat automatically turns itself down when you’re away to avoid heating or cooling an empty home.

Use Quality Air Filters Your furnace will be putting in a lot of time during the winter.  Reward its handwork by using quality air filters and changing them frequently.  When using debris filled filters your furnace struggles to force out air, burdening the system to work harder.

Clear The Gutters It's important to remove leaves, sticks and debris from the gutters.  Failure to do so can cause build up of snow and ice in the gutter.  Ice dams are a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof .  When present the melting snow can't drain off the roof and has to go somewhere and that's in your walls, ceiling, insulation and more.

Put Your AC To Bed Let your air conditioner be sealed up for the winter with an air conditioner cover.   Adding this to your unit will help reduce maintenance costs.  Sealing out moisture is key to the life of your air conditioner.

Protect Outside Pipes Be sure to remove the hose from your outside faucet before it freezes on.  Adding a spigot cover to the faucet will also protect it from freezing wind and chill. Plus all year long, they keep the outside air from leaking into your home. Adding gutter guards after they have been cleaned out will only help keep debris from collecting next year and years to come.

Always follow manufacturer instructions before using any product.  For more tips and advice visit a neighborhood Ace or visit us online at acehardware.com