Winterizing Your Home

Posted on October 23, 2019 by brookew

Winter weather snuck in a bit early this year, but don’t let it get the best of you—there’s still time to prep your home before the snow really settles in. With a few critical maintenance items, you can keep your home safe, warm and energy-efficient!

• Check the heating system. When is the last time you had your furnace serviced? Best practice is to have it professionally serviced every year, and Northwestern Energy will rebate you for that service every three years. Additionally, regular homeowners maintenance, such as changing your filters every time the season changes, will extend the life and efficiency of your system.

Curious how you could reduce your heating and cooling costs? Schedule an Energy Audit with Northwestern Energy!

An energy audit includes:

  • Blower door test to detect areas of leakage
  • Water heater temperature check
  • Refrigerator/freezer temperature check
  • Gas equipment safety check
  • Insulation evaluation
  • Free water heater tank wrap
  • Free hot water pipe insulation
  • Free low-flow faucet aerators and shower head

• Check the trim around windows and doors. If you find any openings or areas where the paint is peeling, be sure to re-caulk. Clean the gutters. Overflowing gutters cause water to drip onto the exterior (and sometimes interior) of your home causing water damage. Check the downspout extenders to be sure they are far enough away from the foundation and don’t allow water to build up. Any low spots around the house should be addressed to en- sure drainage away from the foundation.

• Clean the chimney. If you have a fireplace or stove, start the season with peace of mind by having your chimney or stovepipe cleaned.

•We know you’ve already done this one - right? Blow out the sprinkler system. You don’t want to start the spring with cracked pipes or a flooded crawl space! Be sure hoses are disconnected too.

Curious what else you might be able to do? Call your preferred Sotheby’s International Realty® expert and let’s talk about what might specifically be needed for your home.

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