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Winterizing Your Home Pays in the Long Run | The First National Bank Blog

February 9th, 2016

winter homeThe blizzard of January, 2016 dropped near record levels of snow on the east coast, including Bucks County. If you planned ahead, you probably weathered the storm without too much difficulty. Still, a lot people don’t know how to protect their homes against major weather events. Here are some winterizing tips to help you prepare for whatever the wind blows your way.

Check your furnace.

Having your furnace serviced may not be at the top of your to-do list during late summer or early autumn, but it’s a great time to make sure everything is in working order. Call your local heating and cooling repair service to inspect the thermostat, check the motor and install a new air filter before the weather turns cold.

Warm up your pipes.

During a blizzard or a long stretch of very cold weather, freezing water can expand in your home’s pipes and cause them to burst. Let warm water trickle out of your faucets if you suspect your pipes might freeze. One way to tell if freezing is imminent is to turn on a tap. Does the water come out in a trickle rather than a steady stream? If so, your pipes may be in trouble. Remedy the problem by using a heating pad or hair dryer on the affected pipe. Also, be sure to use insulating foam on exposed pipes and faucets to keep the chill away.

Prevent heat leaks.

Install storm windows if you haven’t already. You can also buy window insulating kits from your local home improvement store. Place draft stoppers under any doors that might be letting heat sneak out of your home. Check the chimney to make sure it’s clean and clear before using your fireplace this winter. You may also want to close the doors to rooms adjacent to the room where you have a fire going. Fireplaces can sometimes drain warm air from adjoining rooms. Finally, break out the caulk and seal any cracks or holes on your home’s exterior.

Was your home damaged during the blizzard? Are there improvements that need to be made before next winter? Look into a home equity loan from The First.

How do you protect your home from the elements? Let us know in the comments section.