- Have Your HVAC System Inspected
- Open All Air Vents Inside Home
- Replace Broken/Drafty Windows
- Prepare for Winter Emergencies
- Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
In this post, we are continuing our list, with five additional tips for winterizing your home:
6) Prepare to Prevent Frozen Pipes
One of the most common issues for homeowners and families during extreme cold is frozen pipes. In order to ensure you and your family have water when you need it, make sure you prepare to prevent frozen and burst water pipes. Steps for make sure your water flows through the coldest weather include:
- Pay close attention to forecast temperatures
- Leave water faucets running on especially cold nights
- Wrap exposed pipes in pipe insulation
- Wrap water heater in insulation blanket
- Make sure you only use designated pipe insulation
7) Reverse Ceiling Fans
Your ceiling fans have a switch that reverse the flow of the air, pushing the lighter, warmer air from your ceiling into your room. This will help the air temperature in your home feel warmer, while reducing the stress and strain on your HVAC system.
8) Trim Trees
If you have limbs or dead trees that threaten power lines or your home, have them professionally removed before a storm hits. Even though the weather has been fairly dry since our early December snow, ice or heavy wet snow can bring down trees and limbs on powerlines or your roof.
9) Prepare Your Yard
There are other matters to care for in your yard when it is especially cold, including:
- Roll up your hose, so water doesn’t freeze inside
- Make sure your pets have clean, unfrozen water
- Make sure there is plenty of clearance around your HVAC system
- Put salt on steps and your deck, if ice is predicted
10) Clean Your Gutters
Make sure your gutters are clean and free of debris. In the Asheville area, snow and ice storms are often accompanied by a round of rain. If water is not allowed to drain from your gutters, it may freeze and cause damage to them, creating dams that cause water to drain poorly from your roof.
If you would like more information regarding homeownership in Asheville and Arden, and how you can own your own affordable home in our community, contact us. Wellington Estates is a family-friendly community, located conveniently near shopping, restaurants, and downtown Asheville.