How To Winterize Your Home

Quick Reference: How To Winterize Your Home

Wherever you live, it is important to take preventative measures to winterize your home. One unexpected cold front can be all it takes to damage your home. Winterizing your home will keep you safe and save money on energy bills, too! 

How to winterize the home where you live:

  • Add weather stripping to your doors where there are drafts and add window seals to prevent window drafts
  • Change your HVAC filters regularly to help with air flow for heat
  • Add spout covers to reduce the risk of frozen pipes
  • Clean your gutters to prevent ice dams and icicles from forming later.
  • Check your fireplace and make sure the flue is closed when not in use

How to winterize your home before you go away on a long trip

  • Turn down the heat (but don’t turn it off).  The ideal temperature is around 55 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Protect your pipes by turning off the main valve and draining the water.  Even if the heat is on, the pipes can still freeze, so turn off your water supply and drain your pipes before you go!

If you need more assistance, please give us a call at (470) 205-2224 or submit a maintenance request to your resident portal. We’re here to help! 

Why Winterize Your Home? Here's Why:

  • Skyrocketing utility bills: Making your furnace (heater) work longer and harder because you didn’t change your filter is like throwing money away. Keep utility bills down with simple and inexpensive maintenance.
  • Burst water pipes: A burst pipe can lead to flooding or water damage to walls, floors and your belongings. Keeping the heat on, disconnecting hoses, protecting external faucets, and draining pipes/turning off water when you’re gone are all important for preventing burst pipes.
  • Pesky pests: Leaving large window openings or door drafts unattended is asking for trouble. During the winter months, pests like mice and spiders, will happily enter your warm home if you don’t seal up openings and drafts.