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Utah Real Estate: 8 Tips to Protect Your Home this Winter

Introduction

The winter is here and with it comes some challenges to living in your home. There are a few things that you can do to keep yourself warm and comfortable this winter. In this blog post, we will look at some of the main things you can check for in order to keep your home safe. We’ll go through some tips on how to check each item on the list below:


Check your water heater.

Check your water heater. If it's not leaking, and the pilot light is lit, and it's properly vented and set at the right temperature for winter, you might want to consider getting an electric blanket.


Check your furnace.

As the winter months approach, you should make sure that your furnace is in good working order. Air filters and thermostats can wear out over time, and pipes can burst without warning. Make sure that these parts are replaced on a regular basis so as to avoid any problems from occurring during the coldest months of the year.

For example, air filters can get very dirty if not cleaned regularly, which will cause your heating bills to rise significantly. In addition, a dirty filter means that more dust particles will be released into the air while you're breathing—and those extra particles may cause respiratory problems later on down the line! On top of this point: frequent cleaning helps keep indoor air quality at an optimal level throughout wintertime months when we typically spend more time indoors than usual due to inclement weather conditions outside (like snowfall). If you're unsure whether or not it's time for new filters yet then simply check out this guide here --it'll tell how often changes might need done based upon what type of filter(s) currently installed inside unit itself."


Protect your pipes.

  • Protect your pipes.

  • Use heat tape or pipe insulation to keep your pipes from freezing, which can cause them to burst and leak water into the walls.

  • Put a blanket over your pipes if they're exposed and will be in cold areas overnight (or longer). It's a quick fix that can make a big difference!

  • Dehumidify or humidify as needed.

  • Keep an eye on the humidity levels in your house, as well as any other room with hardwood floors or furniture made of wood (especially older houses). If they're too dry, run a humidifier; if they're too moist, use a dehumidifier until you find the balance that works best for you and your home!

Clean window seals.

  • Window seals can get clogged with dirt, leaves and other debris over time. This can lead to air leaks and higher energy bills as well as potentially damaging your home’s structure.

  • Clean window seals by using a sponge and warm soapy water to wipe them clean. You can also vacuum them using a soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner if they are particularly dirty or hard to reach.

Replace window panes.

Replace your windows

  • Replace your old single-pane windows with double-pane windows, which are more energy efficient and help keep your home warmer in the winter.

  • Upgrade to high efficiency glazing and low e glass, which helps reduce heat loss in winter and keeps the temperature inside your home more consistent throughout the year.

  • Install argon gas filled windows that can help reduce air infiltration by as much as 50%.

Make sure the fire extinguisher is up to date.

The fire extinguisher should be checked regularly. Look for the expiry date and make sure it hasn't passed, as well as checking for any damage to the unit. Check that you have all the safety information on hand (such as how to use it), and make sure there isn't anything missing from the packaging or instructions. If you don't know what type of fire extinguisher is needed for your home, speak with a qualified professional who can advise you on this matter.

Finally, ensure that your home's fire extinguishers are easily accessible in case of emergency—but not so visible or accessible that they would tempt curious children or pets!


Check your roof for damage.

  • Check your roof for damage.

  • Inspect all gutters and downspouts for clogs, especially if you live in a climate with frequent rain or snowfall.

  • If you notice any leaks or water buildup inside the home, contact a professional immediately to have the problem repaired as soon as possible!


Here are a few tips on keeping warm this winter in your home

Most importantly, keep your family and pets safe. Leave a space heater unattended and it can ignite curtains, furniture or even the walls of your home. Never use candles to heat your home, as they are highly flammable and can easily cause a fire to start. Never leave a grill or other propane-powered product indoors when not in use, as these items release carbon monoxide into the air which is harmful to breathe in high concentrations. An extension cord plugged into an outlet with multiple appliances plugged into it can also overheat and cause fires or damage to electronics.


Conclusion

We all want to stay warm this winter, but the best way to do so is by taking care of our homes. By following these tips, you can make sure that your house stays comfortable for you and your family.

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