Below are some helpful tips to help prepare your home for winter!
Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing.
Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
Locate your water main in the event you do need to shut it off in an emergency.
If you will be going away during the cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55°F.
Close vents in unused rooms to prevent heat from being circulated into areas unnecessarily.
Make sure your home is sealed. Extensive drafts around doors and windows are chief culprits of heat loss.
Try to find air leaks and use weather-strips or weather caulking to reduce the airflow through these areas. This is especially important with waterfront condos, as the drafts coming off the water are often much more intense and cooler during the winter.
Use venting fans sparingly. Fans that vent air from the inside to the outside are great at moving bathroom steam or kitchen smoke out of the condo and or home. Unfortunately, they are also great at moving heat out of the condo and or home at a rapid pace.
Use room fans to circulate air instead of turning on these devices.
Let the sun in! If you own a waterfront condo, chances are you have some large windows for viewing the beautiful landscape. Take advantage of the sunny day time period to allow sunlight to naturally warm your home through these windows. Make sure to close the blinds and shades in other areas of the condo to keep heat in.
Just some helpful hints, courtesy of Dawn Gaul an At-It's-Best Property Management: 910-458-0818