Doyle and Ogden Insurance advisors logo and slogan
Comment are off

Winter is fast upon us and you know what that means. It’s time to winterize. Winterizing can help your home run more efficiently and hopefully prevent damage.

Is your home winter ready? Let’s find out.
We would recommend making sure that your home is prepped so that no cold related issues occur during the winter season.

  • That means being aware of what things might freeze over the winter such as pipes. If you know that some of your pipes are more prone to freeze, it would be beneficial to wrap them. One inexpensive way to do this is to use plain newspapers or rags, then wrap with plastic and tie with a string to secure it in place.
  • After you’ve checked your pipes you’ll want to make sure your home is running as efficiently as possible. A great way to do this is just by simply insulating inefficient windows. Sealing around the edges and ensuring there aren’t any leaks is the best way to go about making them more efficient. This will not only keep your home warmer but will also keep your energy bills low.
  • Check your furnace. You might need to replace the filter or do some fine tuning to keep it running at full power this winter. We recommend checking and/or replacing your furnace filter every 30 days.
  • Once you know your home is producing the heat and keeping it in, reversing your ceiling fans to keep the hot air down instead of its natural tendency to rise is a good idea.
  • Winterizing the outside of your home is also important. Keep your gutters clear to allow water to flow freely through them. Cleaning out your gutters will help prevent icicles and ice dams from forming, which could potentially ruin your gutters and create water leakage inside your home.

Don’t wait; protect your home this winter with these winterization techniques. Even with the best efforts sometimes damage occurs, if that happens your insurance agent at Doyle and Ogden, can assist with filing a claim and explaining your coverages. Stay warm!