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How To Prepare Your Home or Business for Winter

While it can be a nice relief for southern states when temperatures begin to drop, the winter months can take a toll on your home or business if not prepared properly. Here are some tips to help you get your structure in shape to battle the cold weather so that you aren’t wasting energy, time and money.

Lower your thermostat when it’s not in use – When you’re not at home or your office, bump your heater down a few degrees to conserve energy. There’s no need to keep your space warm when no one is there, and it can save you 1-3% on your heating bill.

Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – Running heaters while your space is sealed tight from the elements can be a recipe for disaster. Encountering your first cold front of the year is the perfect opportunity to run a test. This will make sure your detectors will be able to promptly detect a fire or carbon monoxide leak should they occur in the future.

Check your heating and air conditioning system – Call a reputable HVAC to check up on your structure’s system to ensure everything is in working order before it’s too late. Regular professional maintenance as well as replacing your air filters consistently will go a long way in making sure you aren’t left out in the cold.

Drain your faucets and cover your exterior pipes – One of the most common things that happens to home and business owners during the first hard freeze of the season is frozen and/or busted pipes. To prevent this from happening, simply disconnect any hoses you may have hooked up, let the water drain out of your exterior spigots and then use pipe insulation and faucet covers to protect your system. Also, be sure to leave your outdoor faucets off throughout the duration of the season. 

Seal or caulk any cracks or leaks – The last thing you want is to leave an opening to let cold air and precipitation into your home or business. Check around your exterior doors and windows for any visible gaps and promptly fill them with a silicone or rubber caulk to keep the winter weather from seeping in. If any of your windows are extremely drafty, consider weather stripping or upgrading your glass to double-paned for extra protection.

These simple steps will go a long way in keeping you, your family and your employees warm and cozy during the chilly months. On top of that, these preventative measures could help reduce your energy consumption and save you money in the long run. It’s a win-win for everyone involved!