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Ten ways to protect your home against winter elements

  • Bring in all outdoor furniture to prevent damage. TNS



Tribune News Service
Thursday, January 18, 2018

With bitter cold temperatures gripping much of the country in recent weeks, what are the best ways to properly prepare your home for winter? Whether it's your full-time residence, weekend home or a property you rent out, being prepared can help make sure your home doesn't suffer any damage during winter.

Here are some tips to keep in mind.

1. Winterize outdoor areas. If you haven't already, close all outdoor faucets.

2. Make sure typical fall home prep items have been completed, cleaning out gutters and making sure HVAC systems are in proper order.

3. Make sure you have enough fuel. Having enough fuel on hand will be critical, especially during an unexpected heavy storm.

4. Program your thermostat when away. The recommended temperature is typically between 55 and 60 degrees.

5. Insulate pipes. The potential of freezing pipes can be a real concern during periods of prolonged low temperatures.

6. Have an emergency or backup plan in place. Especially if you only use a residence part time, having a property manager or reliable friend or neighbor to check in on your home may be helpful.

7. Review your insurance coverage and warranty information. Should mechanical systems break down or damage occur, you will want to know you are protected.

8. Secure vendors. From snow plow companies to plumbers and electricians, having a vendor to call can be invaluable.

9. Bring in all outdoor furniture. Wintry winds, especially in extreme cold temperatures, can be powerful.

10. Check all windows and doors. Windows and doors are the prime point of entry for the elements. Making sure windows and doors are well insulated and working properly can not only save you money but help keep you warm.

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at info@cathyhobbs.com.