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Winter weather and your home

January can bring some of the most brutal weather of the winter season. Not only can winter weather devastate your home, but failure to prepare your home for the weather can cause further devastation. Whether you leave for warmer weather for the winter or stick it out here in the North, here are a few tips for winterization for your home.

  • Avoid frozen (and burst) pipes by leaving your doors open or cracked, leaving your faucet dripping and clearing your snow drifts. Open or cracked doors will keep the warm air flowing through your home and make it less likely for your pipes to freeze. A dripping faucet will maintain movement in your pipes to avoid freezing, but be sure it’s the hot water you leave dripping. Snow drifts can cover sensitive vents on the side of your home, causing your water heater or furnace to shut down, so make sure you keep those cleared.
  • Maintain your HVAC system. This includes regularly replacing the air filters in your furnace, keeping the air vents clean, and scheduling your annual furnace maintenance! Why annual maintenance? Check out this blog on reasons for regular furnace tune-ups to explain more.
  • Lastly, check out this overall winterization infographic for a quick overview on how to prepare your home for winter, and remember, the experts at Black Diamond will always be there when you need us!

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