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Winterizing your home

Did you feel it? The shift in temperature. We thought that maybe, just maybe, the warm weather was here for a while. About mid-October, the evening temperatures dropped, and the leaves started turning.  The change can only signal that winter is coming. Winter in Indianapolis can be beautiful but challenging, and preparing your home for the colder months is essential. 

Start with assessing your home’s winter needs. Inspect windows, doors, and the roof for any leaks, drafts, or damage that has happened over the past months that may affect your winter comfort and the overall livability of your home. Care for the roof and gutters by addressing any roof issues, such as loose shingles and potential ice dams. Clean gutters and downspouts to prevent ice buildup and damage. Store outdoor furniture.  Stock up on salt for the winter storms and make sure your shovel is easily accessible.

Explore energy-efficient upgrades such as adding insulation, sealing gaps, and upgrading windows and doors. Would a programmable thermostat help with heating costs? How efficient is your home’s heating system? Get the furnace checked before you become dependent on it. Consider weatherstrip doors and windows to keep cold air out and warm air in. Are storm doors or windows for additional insulation?  If you already have them, make sure they are working well and seal efficiently. Consider investigating options for Indiana residents to help incentivize for efficiency. AES will conduct free in-home assessments.

Prevent frozen pipes. Understand how to insulate exposed pipes and keep them from freezing during frigid temperatures. Turn off the water to outside faucets and drain them. If you have a sprinkler system for your yard, make sure to have it serviced before we get a hard freeze.  You might even be interested in a company that specializes in winterizing your home.

Inspect the fireplace and chimney. You may not have used this since last winter.  The last thing you want to have happened is to light a fire and find you have a problem. That sooty smoke in the house will ruin your evening. Occasionally have the chimney inspected and order seasoned wood that will burn efficiently for optimal performance.

With a little planning, you’ll be well-prepared to tackle the challenges of winter in Indianapolis. From improving energy efficiency to preventing damage and maintaining comfort, the winterization process ensures a safe and cozy home during the coldest months of the year. The Yosha Snyder Group wants to make sure you and your family can enjoy winter to the fullest.

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