November 13, 2017 Homeowner Tips
We’ve gathered the best quick tips to winter-proof your home to help protect it from possible repairs in the future.
December and January are Southern California’s rainy season while also averaging high temperatures of 64 and average low temperatures of 47. While our East Coast friends may laugh at these winter temperatures, this doesn’t mean our homes aren’t affected by winter.
Now is a good time to have your annual inspection of your heating system. It’s also a good idea to get your furnace cleaned and/or change the filter. Changing the filter is good to do every month because a dirty filter can make your system work overtime.
Thermostat technology can make your home think for itself, and that’s a good thing. It could be time to get a programmable thermostat that allows you to program it while you’re away from home and only turn on the heat when you need it most.
Okay, maybe it’s not as poetic but it’s a good way to remember to seal and check the caulking/weather stripping around your doors and windows. You’re paying for that heat, so make sure it stays indoors.
Try to remember to open your curtains while you’re at work to let in all that natural SoCal sun and naturally heat your home as much as possible. Just remember to close those curtains at night when the sun goes down. You’ll save a little on heating costs but it’s worth it.
For those who have a wood burning fireplace, we strongly recommend you have a professional chimney cleaner do yearly maintenance before winter. If you go too long without a chimney cleaning, accumulation of soot occurs that may be enough to fuel a chimney fire.
Even if you don’t have a fireplace, check your fire extinguisher to make sure it’s ready to go if needed. It’s a good idea to keep one on every floor of your home. Also a good time to check the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
With all the extra holiday decor inside and outside of your home, it’s important not to overload your electrical outlets. Check them for loose-fitting plugs and get a quality power strip or multi-outlet converter.
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