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Last minute tips to Winterize Your Home

As local news issues wind chill advisories to 94 North Carolina counties, it’s safe to say this winter is one of the coldest in a while. Thanks to the “bomb cyclone”, you may be dreading the fact that you didn’t prep your home for winter this year. Luckily for you, we’ve put together a list of last minute ways to winterize your home before it’s too late.

1. Run fans in reverse – This is one of the simplest ways to cut down on heating costs this winter. All fans have a little switch near the base that allows you to switch your ceiling fan rotation, clockwise or counterclockwise. Cold air gets pushed around by a counterclockwise rotation. Whereas a clockwise rotation helps to pool the hot air near the ceiling back down into the room.

2. Change your heating filters – Dirty filters not only smell bad, but the built up dust only makes your heater have to work harder. This means more energy is being wasted and so is your money. If your running your heater daily the filter should be changed on a monthly basis.

3. Get a roof rake – Most roofs can hold up to 4ft. of fresh snow before it starts to feel the pressure. When multiple storms cause the snow to build up it can cause the roof to collapse. A roof rake can help clear off the snow, keeping your roof clear all winter long.

1. Run fans in reverse – This is one of the simplest ways to cut down on heating costs this winter. All fans have a little switch near the base that allows you to switch your ceiling fan rotation, clockwise or counterclockwise. Cold air gets pushed around by a counterclockwise rotation. Whereas a clockwise rotation helps to pool the hot air near the ceiling back down into the room.

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4. Protect your pipes from freezing – A quick trip to the hardware store for pipe insulation sleeves can save you from a hefty plumbing bill. Simply cut the sleeves to size and slide them over your pipes to prevent freezing and possibly bursting. On especially cold nights, let the faucet drip to give your pipes some relief. Keeping the heater running, even when you’re not home can also help to keep your pipes warm.

5. Drain your hoses and A/C unit – Drain the hoses and store them in a dry and warm place to keep them from freezing. You should also turn off your A/C water valve to prevent water collecting in the unit.

6. Stop the under door draft – Roll up a blanket or towel and place it at the base of your door. This will prevent cold air from flowing into your warm room.

These are some of the best last stitch efforts to winterize your home. If you have time before the next big storm hits. You can prepare even further by:

  • Cleaning out your gutters.
  • Trimming trees.
  • Checking the foundation for cracks.
  • Caulk or weatherstrip draft areas.
  • Clean your chimney.
  • Add sealant to your deck.
  • Check your roof for damage or loose gutters.
  • Stock up on food and create an emergency kit.

As much as we try, we can’t always prepare for everything. Luckily there are some quick ways to winterize your home, even in the middle of a storm. If you can’t make a trip to the hardware store, there are still some great winterizing steps you can make without having to leave your home.

If you find that your home may not be able to withstand another storm, you may want to think about selling. Give us a call at 919-514-1000 to see how we can buy your home as-is for cash and close when you’re ready!

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