A Guide to Winterizing Your Home

By: Jamie Shelley
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Properly winterizing your Nashville home will allow you and your family to make it through the winter in comfort, without spending tons of money on heating costs. Winterizing your Brentwood home is an important step towards saving energy, maintaining your indoor temperature, and keeping everybody comfortable. No matter your budget, you should take all of the necessary precautions to keep your Berry Hill home free of drafts, cold, and heat transfer. Here’s a guide to winterizing your home.

Finding and Getting Rid of DraftsA Guide to Winterizing Your Home

Winterizing your Oak Hill home doesn’t have to begin with this step, but it will help you get started quickly. Finding drafts isn’t difficult, mainly because you can feel them. Look in all of the obvious places first.

  • All vents (like central heat and air vents)
  • All inside to outside lines (like phone, cable, and security camera lines)
  • Electrical outlets
  • Windows and doors
  • Cracks in the outside wall or around the foundation

Anywhere you feel cooler air coming through is a problem spot. You have to seal these areas. There are several ways to do it. You can easily use caulk in problem areas.

You can use a draft snake, draft dodger or just a towel under the doors. You can apply weather-stripping or insulation to the windows on the inside, and caulk any cracks on the outside of your Forest Hills house. You can also install storm doors, shutters and insulating curtains to help.

Keep Your Plumbing System in Order

When it’s cold, pipes can burst. This can lead many problems like flooding and mold. If you have exposed pipes, than you should insulate them. There are many pipe insulation products for this purpose. This will also help you get your hot water quicker, rather than having to wait for the boiler to heat it up.

In addition,

  • Turn off any water that feeds an outside line, like a hose, sprinkler, or AC
  • If any of your outside components hold water, make sure to drain them
  • You also need to make sure that you keep your Mt. Juliet home warm enough to help prevent your indoor pipes from freezing. Also, while you’re at it, turn down your water heater. Taking it down to 120F or lower will help you save on your water bill and keep your water heater from working so hard.

A Guide to Winterizing Your Home

Dealing with Your Home Heating Needs

Since your heating system will get the most use, it’s important that you show it a lot of attention.

  • Switch out your furnace filter (or clean it)
  • Call for a furnace inspection (unless you know how to clean it, inspect it, and test it yourself)
  • Check the ducts for air leaks (or have the HVAC inspector do it)

If you have a chimney, you need to have it inspected and cleaned as well. If you don’t use your chimney, then you can add glass doors to keep it shut.

Set your thermostat: You should regularly check your thermostat and turn it down when you’re away from your Old Hickory home. A better option is to invest in a programmable thermostat.

Other Inside Considerations

The Attic – You may want to add some additional insulation in the attic. Warm air rises, and if your attic isn’t properly insulated, your warm air will rise right out of your Goodlettsville home.

Ceiling Fans – If you have ceiling fans, let them spin in reverse. Let it spin clockwise. This will continuously push warm air back down.

Dealing with the Outside

The Roof – Make sure the roof is free of debris of your Gladeville home. Have loose shingles replaced.

The Yard – Remove overhanging branches that are too close to the roof and the your Inglewood home in general.

Speak to a Professional for Anything More

There are many other things besides, but these are the easiest for anybody to do themselves. You should also consider simply adding an extra layer of clothing or wearing a sweater more often. Of course, these are all tips for staying in your Spokane home.

If you need to winterize a vacant house, then there are more considerations. For either case, you should speak to a professional about all of the things you can or should do beyond the basics when it comes to winterizing your home. For more information visit www.nationaldisasterrecovery.org.

 

Jamie Shelley

Managing Partner at SERVPRO of South Nashville, Madison/Goodlettsville, Wilson County, and Sumner County Introduction Managing Partner Servpro of Sumner County May 2002 – Present (12 years 6 months) SERVPRO of Sumner County was my third location opening in 2010. SERVPRO of Sumner County is a full service restoration company offering complete fire and water damage cleaning and restoration services including:

 RESTORATION: 

* Fire Damage Remediation - Smoke, & Soot 
* Water Removal & Dehumidification 
* Mold Mitigation & Remediation 
* Catastrophic Storm Response 
* Move Outs & Contents Restoration 
* Electronic Equipment 
* Contents Claim Inventory Service 

 CLEANING: 

* Air Ducts & HVAC 
* Biohazard, Crime Scene, & Vandalism 
* Carpet & Upholstery 
* Drapes & Blinds 
* Ceilings & Walls 
* Artwork & Books 
* Deodorization 

Additionally, SERVPRO of Sumner County is a licensed General Contractor in the State of Tennessee.
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