Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

Steve Uphaus, Uphaus Insurance, Richmond IndianaIs Your Home Ready for Winter?

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Uphaus Insurance,  765-935-5050

Make sure your home is safe and energy efficient this winter by following these tips:

  • Have your furnace checked by an authorized repairman – small malfunctions can lead to big heating bills or potentially dangerous operation.
  • Be sure your attic and basement are adequately insulated. Wrap basement pipes and hot water heaters with special insulating blankets to prevent freezing and heat loss.
  • Be sure to have plenty of ice-melt, kitty litter or sand on hand for steps, porches and sidewalks.
  • If you rely on gas or electric heat, make sure you have an alternate heating source should your primary source go out for any reason.
  • Make sure your smoke detectors are in working order! There should be at least one on each level of your home.
  • Check your fire extinguishers to make sure they are fully charged.
  • Clean your rain gutters to allow a smooth flow of water from melting snow and ice.
  • Consider getting a carbon monoxide detector for sleeping areas unless you have electric heat sources.
  • Drain and remove garden hoses and turn off outside water lines.
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