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How To Protect Your Home From Freezing Temperatures

As temperatures drop and days become shorter it marks the time of year that each house is vulnerable to freezing weather. It is important to make sure your house is protected from freezing temperatures so you can minimize potential damage caused by broken water pipes or higher energy bills. There are many things you should do each fall to ensure your home is ready for winter but we will discuss the most important.

Blow out sprinklers - This simple step can save you thousands of dollars in repair costs next spring. As ground temperatures fall below freezing the water in your spinklers pipes will expand and if there is enough water it can break the line causing unseen damage. While sprinklers are not covered by your homeowner's insurance they can cause flooding into basements so it is very important to blow out your sprinklers prior to the first freeze in fall.

Insulate water pipes - There may be water pipes that run close to the exterior walls of your home which do not have insulation on them. A good example would be your kitchen sink which usually it placed on an exterior wall but is not insulated. Even if you have insulation in the walls this may not be enough if the temperature drops well below freezing. A simple solution is to wrap these type of pipes with insulation and make sure the inside temperature of the home is at least 60 degrees.

Seal cracks around doors and windows - One of the major culprits of a high energy bill is leaks in doors and windows. This is another simple solution that will not only save you money on energy costs but also keep your home more comfortable. Each fall do an inspection of all windows and doors for gaps in sealant around the frames both inside and outside. With a small amount of caulking you can save hundreds of dollars in energy costs.

Replace furnace filter - A furnace is only productive if there is proper air flow which is limited by the air filter. It is recommended to replace your air filter every 3 months for proper air flow and air quality. Proper air flow will allow your furnace to operate more efficiently and cost less to burn gas.

Disconnect exterior hoses - Many people use hoses outside to water plants but forget to disconnect them when the weather turns cold. If a hose is connected to the water line outside and freezes it can break the spout causing flooding inside the home. Be sure to disconnect your hose once the weather falls below 35 degrees and bring all hoses inside during winter to protect them until spring.

These are just a few of the many things you should do to protect your home during the winter months. Hopefully this will help you remember to make some simple changes which can save you headaches and money each year.