Indoor & Outdoor Tips to Winterize Your House
Tips to Winterize Your House
Charleston, SC is finally starting to see colder weather which means it is the perfect time to winterize your house and gear up for the warmer months which lie ahead.
Although the best city in the world is known for having very mild winters, you should still take the time to follow these simple steps to winterize your house so you can save money on your energy bills and make some ticks on your spring cleaning checklist.
Outdoor Tips to Winterize Your House
1. Remove window mounted A/C units
You’d be surprised at how much heat can escape through your window unit and around where it’s installed. Make sure to remove all window units as soon as possible or right before the first freeze of the season.
2. Prepare a cover for A/C unit
Charleston, SC does not get a ton of snowstorms, in fact we can’t remember the last time it actually stuck to the ground, but we have been known to get hit by big storms every now and again. Depending on the area you live, homeowners should do their own research and decide on whether they should cover their central A/C solely for big storms or for the duration of the winter season.
3. Check roof for collecting ice
The heat from indoors and the cold from outside can collide and create ice dams around your roof. These are no good for your home and could lead to water damage in your attic. Water damage can, in turn, wreak havoc on your entire home so it’s best to prevent the problem before any true destruction can occur.
4. Put winter tools where you can reach them
Make sure to have all of your winter tools handy and at the ready. You’ll never know when you’ll need them, and the last thing you’ll want to do is spend half an hour searching for your window scraper on a Monday morning when you’re already running late. This may also be a great time to organize your gardening shears and hedge clippers as well. It never hurts to be proactive!
Indoor Tips to Winterize Your House
1. Replace batteries in fire & CO alarms
With all of the candles burning, heaters running, and christmas lights a twinkling during the winter, the threat of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning runs an even higher risk than during cooler months. Replace batteries and run tests on all fire and CO alarms to ensure they’re in working order.
2. Check & test electrical outlets
Damage and shorts in electrical outlets can be exceptionally dangerous during the winter months. Electricity is usually running on overtime because of Christmas lights, extension cords, and computer work stations. Take the time to check the electricity in each and every outlet checking for any signs of damage and ensuring they’re running the proper voltage (110v-120v AC).
3. Unplug and clean behind refrigerator
Increase the lifespan of your appliance by cleaning the dust from the coils and draining the freezer. Cleaning behind your fridge will also lower the risk of potential fire hazards and help you get your money’s worth out of a very expensive appliance.
4. Drain water heater
Sediment can collect at the bottom of your water heater which could cause a problem during an emergency situation and decrease the efficiency of the unit. Draining your water heater can save you time and money in the long run and can help increase the lifespan of another expensive piece of equipment.
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