Our property management team typically spends part of the winter troubleshooting and working to fix problems that arise in homeowners’ condominiums.
Winter weather can cause various problems in homes, and there are few things worse than when your furnace suddenly stops working on one of the coldest days of the year. Homeowners can prevent many problems from occurring by doing a few simple things now to winterize their home, before an emergency has the chance to happen.
We urge everyone to take a little time to follow these tips, which are recommended by the National Association of Realtors:
- Replace the filter in your furnace. This will help it function properly.
- Have a heating/cooling expert check out your furnace to make sure its operating as efficiently as it can.
- Clean your registers.
- Install a hot water heater insulating blanket to conserve heat.
- Buy pipe insulating material to insulate all exposed pipes in your basement, or at least use some heat tape to cover the pipes.
- Switch the director of any ceiling fans’ blades. It will maximize the circulation of heated air.
- Reduce air leaks by adding insulating plates to electrical outlets.
- Caulk or apply weather-stripping around drafty areas.
- Test the flue for each fireplace to ensure it is tightly sealed when closed.
- Keep extra water and canned food in storage just in case.
Doing these relatively simple things to winterize your property now can save homeowners a lot of headaches later.