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How To Winterize Your Home

November 21, 2023

Winter is on its way! Though we do love the beautiful fall season at McKee Builders, we look forward to welcoming the potential of a snowy wonderland. If you’re ready to indulge in the local outdoor activities and festive sights but don’t want to leave your home unprotected from the cold climate, we have a few steps you can take to winterize your McKee home. 

Our homes are typically low-maintenance, so just a few tasks should get the job done. After you’ve tackled these home maintenance tasks, you’ll be able to enjoy your community in the beauty of winter without worry!

Snow on Trees

Safety First

Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace the batteries and test the units. Buy a fire extinguisher or replace the one you have if it is over 10 years old.

Protect Your Pipes

One of the best ways to prevent frozen and burst pipes is to practice basic energy conservation in your home. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep your pipes safe. 

Prep Your HVAC System

Have an HVAC Professional inspect and clean the furnace and ducts. Change the furnace filter. Make sure heating vents have no obstacles in front of them. Set the humidifier for winter. 

Lower Your Thermostat

While your smart thermostat learns your personal habits and sets itself, try to set it a little bit lower than you normally would (and dress more warmly while you’re home) to reduce your energy bills even further.

Weatherstrip Doors and Windows

In order to reduce your energy bills (and stay as comfortable as possible), make sure to check the weatherstripping on your doors and windows, and replace worn weatherstripping.

Pack Up Outdoor Furniture

Although it’s hard to say goodbye to outdoor living, it’s time to pack up the furniture on your patio, porch, or deck. Keeping your furniture stored properly and away from the frigid temps and snow means everything will be in tip-top shape when the warm weather returns.

Redecorate

Believe it or not, your home’s decor can help you winterize, too. Replacing light, summer drapes with heavier ones, and putting down thick rugs on the floor work wonders when it comes to insulation. This is a great chance to give your McKee home a new aesthetic for winter!

Here’s to a great winter ahead in your McKee home!

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