3 Simple Ways to Keep Your Home Warm this Winter

We are now in thick of winter and while many of us are on the edge of our seats for that spring weather, we have a few more months to go!

Even though it’s cold outside, that doesn’t mean it has to be cold inside. Read on for some simple tips to keeping your home warm.

Install a Programmable Heater.

This will keep your bill low and your efficiency high. This Old House recommends programming your thermostat for the following temps/times during the week if your house is empty during the day. They also recommend setting the thermostat to 55 degrees when you go on vacation for a few days or more.  • 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. = 68 degrees

  • 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. = 60 degrees
  • 5:30 to 11 p.m. = 68 degrees
  • 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. = 60 degrees If any of their recommended temperatures seem a little chilly, adjust accordingly to what is comfortable for you. If you need help with installation, let us help.

Invite the Sun in During the Day. 
Even on those chilly days, the sun is still warm. Before you leave the house for the day, open up your curtains and let the light shine in.

Keep curtains closed at night.
On the other end, once the sun goes down, keep all that heat from leaving through the windows by closing the curtains.

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If your heater isn’t working, let us help!

4 Spring Maintenance Tips

Check Roof Shingles

Check roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. If your home has an older roof covering, you may want to start budgeting for a replacement. The summer sun can wreak havoc on roof shingles. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced.

Examine the Gutters

Examine for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris.

Fill Yard Compacted Soil

Fill low areas in the yard or next to the foundation with compacted soil. Spring showers cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Need another reason? Shallow water pools create a breeding ground for insects! Save yourself the itchy bites and fill with compact soil.

Inspect the Concrete

Inspect concrete for signs of cracks or shifting. All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home’s foundation. If you do notice cracks, fill them with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk.

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