5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Squish. Your heart sinks as your foot makes contact with very wet carpet that you know can only mean one thing – a burst pipe.

Between the weather, travel and family visits, winter can be a season of unpredictability. Issues with the house are the last thing you want to worry about on top of all that. So, it’s important to protect your home during this time of year. The good news is with just a few simple, preventative measures, you can save on energy bills and keep everything running smoothly all season long.

And with the advanced heating systems, energy-efficient features and state-of-the-art home automation systems available today like Quadrant’s HomeSmart® package, prepping for winter has never been easier.

1. Program your thermostat and lights.
Many new homes have programmable thermostats and light switches that can make a difference in your monthly energy bills. For instance, in a Quadrant home, if you forget to adjust the temperature and turn off all the lights before you leave, you can control it all right from your mobile device.

2. Locate leaks.
Especially if you live in a home that is more than 5 years old, check around your doors, windows, lights and switch plates for cold air since these areas are common culprits for leaks. If you detect cold air, add insulation or seal these areas using weather-stripping, caulk or spray foam. Tiny leaks may not seem like a big deal, but they can add up over time and contribute to costly utility bills.

3. Protect your pipes and hot water heater.
When temperatures dip, make sure your pipes and hot water heater are properly insulated. Disconnect hoses from external taps and keep the garage door closed. This will help prevent your pipes from freezing and allow you to still get hot water on a lower setting – saving you both energy and money.

4. Add insulation.
In older homes, the majority of heat loss typically occurs via the attic and windows. Adding insulation to your attic and switching to energy-efficient windows are the two best ways to save energy all year round.

5. Trim your trees.
Take a look at the trees in your yard. Remove overhanging limbs that can knock out power lines or damage your roof or car if they break off in a winter storm. Trim branches now before the weather outside turns frightful.

Looking for a new home with energy-efficient features that make life easier all year round? Connect with a Quadrant New Homes Specialist at (425) 272-9658 or email newhomes@quaranthomes.com and see for yourself why Quadrant Home has earned top quality ratings.