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Winter is Coming: Prepare Your Springfield, MO Home for Winter


Posted: December 18, 2015 by Alex Fowler

It is almost the end of 2015...Unbelievable! Even though here in Springfield, MO, the temperatures are higher than normal, you never know when snow will be hitting the ground. Are you prepared? Take some preventative steps now to help lower your energy bills, increase the safety of your Springfield homes, Nixa homes, and Ozark homes and make sure all of your home’s equipment is running up smoothly once Old Man Winter really comes knocking.

Keep the Cold Out and the Heat In

– Make sure and check the weatherstripping around doors and windows for that escaping air. Simply replace weatherstripping or caulk where necessary.

– Do you have a fireplace? Make sure and check its damper for any warping and rusting that could cause a draft.

– Lastly, replace window and door screens with storm windows and doors. Also, heavier curtains can minimize a draft.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user liz west

Heating and Ventilation

– To improve efficiency and air quality, be sure and clean or replace the air filter in your furnace or heat pump. Sometimes, a technician is best to inspect your system.

– Also, bleed valves on hot-water radiators to increase heating efficiency.

Front and Backyard

– Shut off exterior faucets and drain the water from the pipes, sprinklers, and valves to prevent pipe bursts.

– Put away any lingering outdoor furniture.

– Make sure you have proper lighting in areas that could be dangerous at night time to prevent slipping on icy walkways.

Prepare for Snow

– Get the shovels and snow blowers out and put them in an easily accessible place.

– Stock up on ice melt! You can never have to much ice melt, salt, sand, etc.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user liz west

Protect the Outside of Your Home from the Elements

– Clean the gutters. Make sure gutters are secured because the weight of snow and ice can pull them off.

– Make sure there are no damaged or loose shingles because this could cause leaks once snow starts melting.

– Close all vents and other openings are covered to prevent unwanted guests getting inside.

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If you have any questions or need advice about a home, you can visit our website at http://www.cbvanguard.com/ or call our office at 417-887-6664.

 

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