3 Easy Home Winterizing Tips
It’s time again, time to winterize your home and we have some ideas for you. Here are three helpful and easy tips for you to use this winter.
Burst pipes are a nightmare but they are preventable. First, before freezing nights start, make sure that the water to your hose bibs is shut off inside your house and that the lines are drained of any excess water.
Second, look for other pipes that aren’t insulated – pipes that run through crawlspaces, basements or garages. Insulate them by wrapping them with pre-molded foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass insulation – available at hardware stores. Another way you can insulate your pipes is by wrapping them with heating tape.
Annual chimney inspection is important, so have a professional inspect your fireplace before you start to regularly use it this winter. Also, one easy way to protect your chimney is by buying a protective cap for your chimney, it keeps out foreign objects, as well as rain, that can mix with the ash and eat away at the fireplace’s walls.
3. Air Ducts
Did you know that cleaning your air ducts can save you money? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a home with central heating can lose up to 60% of its heated air before that air reaches the vents if ductwork is not well-connected and insulated, or if it must travel through unheated spaces. That is a HUGE amount of wasted money and energy.
You can often find ducts exposed in the attic, the basement and crawlspaces. Look for pipes are pinched, which impedes flow of heated air to the house, and fix gaps with a metal-backed tape. Ducts also should be vacuumed once every few years, to clean dust and dirt that can gather in them and cause respiratory and allergy problems.
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