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information, go to hometeam.com. As winter is fast approaching, the
following tips can help homeowners to ensure their homes are well
prepared and more energy-efficient throughout the winter months.
- Inspect around windows and doors for cracks and seal any openings with caulk or weather stripping to prevent air and water from getting into your home.
- Have a professional evaluate the amount of insulation in your home to ensure it is properly insulated and will keep your energy costs down.
- Replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re working properly.
- Visibly check the fireplace opening for loose or missing bricks and have screens in place to protect against any embers that may escape.
- Look for raised, loose or missing roof shingles and replace them, if needed, to prevent water from getting in and creating leaks.
- Remove hoses from outside spigots and store them during the winter months.
- Clean debris from gutters to prevent water from collecting and freezing.
- Make sure all downspouts are pointed away from the foundation.
- Have the HVAC units inspected and change furnace filters monthly for cleaner indoor air and maximum energy efficiency.
- Program thermostats to lower temperatures while at work
These simple steps can help homeowners maintain the overall health and safety of their home during the winter season.
This article is brought to you by Jean Hedren, a Certified Residential Specialist.