5 Simple Tips To Prepare Your Home For Winter


It's winter, and you're thinking of ways to stay warm. We are thinking of ways to save you money by lowering energy bills and avoiding costly repairs.

Read through these five simple tips to find out how to fully prepare for the colder months ahead.

1) Have maintenance performed on your heater

Don't wait until the last minute to have basic maintenance done on your heating system.

Most people call for service when it's already cold outside, and as a result, you may have to wait some time for an appointment.

Make sure your system is in good working order before you have to turn up the heat.

2) Drain outdoor pipes

The air is starting to become frigid, and if you haven't stopped watering your lawn or garden already, then it may be time to stop soon.

Before you stop, you need to drain your outdoor pipes to prevent the water inside from turning into ice. If your pipes burst from freezing, you could face costly repairs, so take the time to prevent this trouble from occurring.

3) Clean your roof

Repairing roof damage in the middle of winter can be a dangerous task, so avoid it by fixing any problems while the weather is still tolerable.

Check for holes, loose shingles, and any weak points on the surface. Even if you don't have to worry about snow, fixing damaged parts and clearing any sources of moisture now can prevent leaks in the future.

4) Install weather stripping

Installing weather stripping is a simple task which can help lower the cost of your energy bill by preventing heat from escaping your home.

Even if you don't notice a draft coming from a window or door, heat may still find a way outside.

Try to seal any air leaks now so that you can keep heating costs at a minimum.

5) Set your ceiling fans to spin clockwise

If you didn't know, most ceiling fans can rotate in either direction, clockwise or counter-clockwise.

Because of the slight angle the blades are set at, spinning forward or in reverse can circulate air downward or upward.

In the colder seasons, you should have your fans spinning in the clockwise direction to force air upward. This will draw the warm air to the ceiling and better disperse it throughout the room.

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable winter season. If you have everything on this list checked off already, then call Cullen today at (661) 728-1455 to learn about saving more money on an insurance policy made for you.

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