Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Winterization Checklist that Keeps You Safe and Warm this Season

The Winterization Checklist that Keeps You Safe and Warm this SeasonThe temperatures are dropping all around the nation. Whether or not it’s bitten you by now, it’s smart to be prepared. Those low temps seem to sneak up on you and you don’t want to be caught cold with your house and health at risk.
Here are the top five things you should do to get your home ready for winter:
Hose Bibs:  These are actually the outdoor faucets found around the exterior of your home. You want to make sure these are in fine working order and aren’t susceptible to freezing or leaking as the temperatures continue to drop. Better to check these out now than have to call the plumber mid winter during an unexpected temp drop!
Furnace Filters: Winter calls for a lot of heating and you don’t want those filters to be old. Your windows will be closed and the air being circulated will not be fresh. So it’s important not to be circulating dust, dander and other irritants constantly around your home. This one is very important for your health so don’t neglect it.  
Weather Stripping: Check your windows and doors for any gaps or drafts. If you’re working hard to stay warm, you don’t need cold air sneaking inside at all ours. Apply weather stripping to seal up the spaces and holes now to save you money and chills in the future. If you’re not sure where the gaps are coming from, just call the contractors at Unique Home Building and we’ll come check it out for you. 
Replace Batteries: Batteries are an often overlooked part of home winterization. But since you’re running heaters, fires and stove tops more often, your risk of fire and gas leaks increase. Make sure you’re the first to know! Check the batteries in your thermostat, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to be on the safest side. Always keep extras with your emergency preparedness kit as well. 
We love keeping warm during winter and we know you do too. Make sure you take the steps needed to ensure you’re not only keeping warm, but safe and budget happy too! We at Unique Home Building are the home experts and are happy to answer any questions you might have as you take more steps to turning your house into the home you love.

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