There are 14 holidays in the month of December, which means everyone is busy celebrating with family and friends. The last thing you want to worry about is something going wrong with your home while you’re trying to spread holiday cheer, so check out some of our tips below to make sure your home is ready for the winter cold!
Tune-Up Your HVAC
Baby, it’s cold outside and your heating system is working overtime, so make sure you’re changing out your HVAC filter(s) regularly. According to Home Depot, a clogged filter produces cold spots and can reduce airflow, making your system work overtime. Save your system and your wallet by keeping your filters clear. You can also schedule a professional to come in to check and make sure your system is in tip top shape.
Check Your Gutters
It’s not a fun job, but it’s necessary to save money in the long run. Keeping your gutters well-maintained will make them last longer and help reduce your chance of roof damage. Architectural Digest has seven tips on how to clean your gutters so you can get it done and over with in a safe and timely fashion.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
Did you know that ceiling fans should be running in different directions depending on the time of year? You can help your heating system do its job by reversing your ceiling fans to make them run clockwise. This will push down the hot air that rises to the ceiling and potentially save you money on energy and heating costs.
Keep Your Emergency Kit Up-to-Date
North Carolina winters can be unpredictable. One day it’s 60 degrees and sunny, the next we have an ice storm and nobody can leave their home. Keep your home and family safe in the event of a natural disaster by making sure your emergency kit has everything you need. Ready.gov can help you build a kit so you’re ready for whatever weather is headed your way.
Re-caulk Your Windows and Doors
If you have cracks in the caulking around any of your windows and doors then you’re letting cold air get in and hot air out. By re-caulking these cracks you can reduce your heating bill while keeping your home nice and toasty. Take care of it before the weather outside is too chilly!
Now that you and your home are ready to brave the winter, you can relax and enjoy the holiday season. If you don’t yet own a home and are interested in starting your search, December can be a great time to buy. Head to NCHomeAdvantage.com to see how the NC Home Advantage Mortgage™ can make home ownership happen for you.