How To Protect and Winterize Your Home

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How To Protect and Winterize Your Home

Brr...winter and cold weather are here and with more homeowners working remotely, lots of us are heading to warmer climates to escape.  So whether you’re packing up your vacation home for the season or traveling from your primary residence for a week or two, protecting and winterizing your home is imperative in the colder months.

Here are some tips to keep your home safe:

1. Keep Your Home From Looking Vacant - Colder weather means fewer neighbors  are out and about. With all of the new smart home light bulbs paired with Alexa,  you can program these to you make the home seem occupied. Adding a Ring video doorbell and security cameras allow you to “watch” your home from anywhere. Also consider having the postal service hold your "mail" while you're gone and have any auto-ship packages delayed until you return. 

2. Protect Your Pipes – Bursting pipes can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Drain all the pipes by opening faucets and flushing toilets, and then turn off the water before you leave.

3. Keep a Minimum Temperature – Even with drained pipes, the home temperature should not drop below 55 degrees. Appliances, hot water heater and other systems still risk damage in freezing temperatures, a Nest thermostat can be programmed and  controlled remotely.

4. Perform Preventative Maintenance Before You Leave – In addition to basic upkeep, make sure your systems are working properly. Heating and cooling systems, appliances, wiring and outlets can all create a fire hazard if not in good condition. Unplug all appliances and unnecessary lights before you leave to save on your electric bill and for fire safety.

5. Have an Emergency Plan – Make sure someone is available for help in an emergency, ask trusted friends and neighbors to check on your home while you're away.


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