While winterizing your home may require some work, you'll appreciate it when you're all cozy in your home, with peace of mind it's protected throughout the winter.
Here are some tips to save money and protect your home this winter:
Clean or change your furnace filter once a month during the colder seasons. This is key to ensuring that there will not be restricted airflow or an increase in the amount of energy your heater is using. Winterizing your air conditioning and keeping your furnace clean will save you money over the winter. Our tip: don’t completely turn off the heating system if there is a chance of freezing temperatures.
Turn your thermostat down and seal off air ducts in rooms you don’t use as much. This might make parts of your home colder than others, so cozy up with a sweater and blanket, and enjoy the winter weather at the Lake of the Ozarks!
Winterize your water lines by simply draining all hoses around your home. If you're going to be gone for the winter season, do the same for the indoor lines as well. Turning off your hose spigots and draining your indoor pipes will prevent water from freezing inside and cracking them. To turn your water supply off and winterize your home completely, shut off the main water valve, open the drain valve, and turn off the water heater and pump. This will protect the heating elements in the water heater when there is no water inside the tank. Burst pipes are inconvenient and can do a great amount of damage to your home. If you decide to keep the furnace running during the winter months, set the temperature in your home to 55°F or higher to ensure that your home stays warm enough for your pipes to not freeze.
Install storm doors and windows to cut down on drafts and reduce your heating and cooling bill. Storm windows and doors are designed to reduce the amount of hot or cold air that escapes. Adding a storm door can be a good investment if your existing door is older. The extra layers can add security & protection, from both burglars and from storms. Storm doors and windows can save energy by regulating your home’s temperature year-round. Storm shutters will secure your windows when the weather is extra windy. The extra layer of insulation reduces heat loss in the winter and keeps cool air inside when it’s warm outside, saving you money on heating and cooling. Strong storm windows and doors will make a huge difference when the cold wind starts blowing.
Investing in a generator might be a life saver if there is a power outage. Power outages can last for weeks and can be costly if you are unprepared. A generator can keep necessities like your fridge, heater, and lights running.
Unplug all unnecessary appliances before you leave and make sure you inspect your home from top to bottom.
Finding the right home can be challenging, but whatever your goals are, an experienced realtor can provide you with the resources you need. For help finding the perfect home for the winter, let Eagles Nest Realty be your real estate agent at the Lake of the Ozarks.We specialize in residential and commercial properties at the Lake. Give us a call at (573) 374-0769 or (877) 452-538 to get started on your home search today. Our local expertise and knowledge we have in the Lake of the Ozarks real estate market will help you find your dream home for the winter!