January 17, 2019

Winterize Your Home for the Winter

Sometimes, life happens and you can’t always plan ahead. The fall came and went and with the holiday hype, you may have been too busy shopping for your friends and family. If you’ve found yourself in a situation where you didn’t winterize your home or vehicle and it’s already January, here are a few tasks you can accomplish:

Go shopping.

Always have the essentials in your home and your vehicle, such as batteries, non-perishable food, gallons of water, flashlights, thermal blankets, a battery operated radio and a first-aid kit.

Check your gutters.

When a sunny day arrives, take some time to winterize your gutters. Clean out any buildup — you’ll be avoiding an ice dam and damage to your property.

Check your pipes.

Schedule some time to winterize your pipes with insulation. Check your local hardware store for pre-slit pipe foam. This will decrease the chances of your pipes freezing and causing severe damage.

Check your furnace filter.

In many homes, you need to change your furnace filters in the winter on a monthly basis. If your filters are dirty, your furnace has to work harder. Don’t forget to schedule a professional service to maintain your furnace each year.

Prevent drafts.

Take a weekend to caulk or replace the caulking around your windows and install weatherstripping around doors. Check for any holes where the heat may be escaping and cold air may be entering — you’ll even save money on your heat bill. Are you heading to a store on the weekend? Change out your light summer curtains for a heavier option — they can keep the room warmer and prevent heat from escaping.

Change your fan direction.

Adjust your ceiling fan direction to rotate clockwise during the winter months to evenly distribute heat throughout your rooms.

If you didn’t have time to winterize your home and you’ve experienced damage, report a claim or contact your independent insurance agent.