It may be hard to believe this week, but colder weather will soon make its way to West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. The time to turn up the heat, light a fire and settle in for the holiday season is almost upon us and homeowners in Jefferson and Berkeley County would be wise to start preparing now while the temperatures are still on the warmer side.
Kable Team Realty is happy to provide these five tips to get your Eastern Panhandle home ready for winter and help you avoid any hassles during this busy time of year.
1. Tend to the furnace
During the colder months, your furnace will see a lot of use, so it's important to have the system inspected before the weather demands you turn it on. Call your local HVAC technician to schedule a check-up and ensure all parts are in working order.
2. Seal any gaps
One major (and common!) woe for homeowners in Martinsburg, Ranson, Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown, Hedgesville Inwood, Charles Town and Falling Waters is a higher energy bill in the winter. Walk around your home looking for typical energy loss spots, like baseboards, windows or doors and seal any gaps or cracks. Weather stripping, window film and caulk can take care of this problem and help you keep any energy loss at bay.
3. Tend to the chimney
Blockages and buildup in your chimney can pose a fire risk and an experienced chimney sweep can eliminate that. Have your chimneys cleaned if you plan to use your fireplace this year and relax this holiday season knowing you have taken the proper precautions.
4. Reroute your ceiling fans
Setting your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise can push rising warm air back down and allow you to keep your heating bill down.
5. Clean gutters
When all of the leaves have fallen, take to the roof of your Eastern Panhandle home and clean the gutters. Water cannot drain properly when these are blocked and instead, it can drip into your home or basement causing major problems. All eaves and downspouts should route water away from your home and be free of debris.
As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions about selling your home this year or purchasing a new home in West Virginia! We look forward to hearing from you!
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