The winter season is just beginning for many Michigan residents. What does that mean for your home?
There’s still time to take steps to winterize your home, although the winter season is already upon us.
Follow these tips to ensure your house is ready for the cold temperatures, snow and ice this season:
- Caulk or add weather stripping to areas (such as windows and doors) where drafts come into your house.
- Replace your furnace’s filter to ensure it will continue working optimally throughout the cold season.
- Insulate your exposed basement pipes with insulating material or heat tape.
- Add insulation plates to electrical outlets to reduce heat loss from air leaks.
- Clean your registers to ensure heat can travel through your home quickly and efficiently.
- Test the flue on your fireplace(s) to make sure seals tightly when closed.
- Bring in an HVAC technician to check out your furnance is running optimally.
- Prepare an emergency kit should your pipes freeze or a major snowstorm hit the area. Include bottled water, canned food, flashlights/candles, blankets and batteries in the kit.
- Reverse your ceiling fans to push the warm air downward and allow it to circulate better.
Do you have any additional tips for winterizing your home? Please share them in the comments!
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