They’re calling for snow this weekend. Are you ready?
With cooler days and cooler nights just around the corner courtesy of Jack Frost, we thought there was no better time than now to provide you with a few helpful tips to winterize your home.
As a new homeowner at Glenmore or Highland Park, you won’t have to worry about having the furnace serviced or replacing the hot water heater. Nor will you need to worry about cracks in the foundation or weatherstripping gaps and holes around the windows and doors of your home. But there is still plenty you can do to make your home winter ready:
1) If you haven’t already, clean dry and store all summer gardening equipment.
2) Drain all of the garden hoses.
3) Drain the gas from the lawnmower before storing it away for the winter.
4) Clean out the gutters and use a hose to spray down the downspouts and clear debris.
5) Trim any tree branches that are hanging too close to the house or electrical wires.
6) Uncover all south-facing windows to let as much sunlight into your home as possible.
7) Keep all closet doors closed when possible. There’s no need to heat a space that isn’t in use.
8) Unplug all electronics and appliances that are not being used. They use energy even when they’re not in use, and unplugging them when you’re not home will help offset the increase in usage.
9) Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan. Reversing the ceiling fan will actually push warm air downward and keep warm air circulating.
10) Finally, avoid applying any rock salt to your roof to melt ice or snow. It can damage shingles, and possibly void the manufacturer’s warranty.
There are lots resources available full of information about preparing your home for the winter. The above list is just a quick rundown of some of the simple things you can do to help you feel comfortable and cozy in your new home.