We can finally say it: winter is coming! While we certainly love the fall, we especially look forward to welcoming winter and enjoying Utah’s snowy wonderland. Before you indulge in the local outdoor activities, cozy fun, and wintry sights, there are a few steps you can take to winterize your Regal home. Once you’ve taken care of these home maintenance tasks, you’ll be free to get out and enjoy the endless beauty of winter in your community without any worries!
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 Regal home a new aesthetic for winter!
From all of us at Regal Homes, here’s to a great winter ahead!