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Home winterization tips for Metro-area homeowners

Follow these tips to prepare your home for the winter months

In the St. Louis Metro Area, we’re just now seeing our first snows and winter weather of the season. To many, these times are a welcome sight that the holiday season is just around the corner. However, just because you’re ready for Winter, doesn’t mean your home is too. In fact, many homeowners skip vital tasks that must be completed before your home is properly winterized. Take a look at the home winterization tips below, and make sure you trust a qualified professional for any maintenance or repairs that you need!

Program Your Thermostat

One of the best ways to help your home deal with the drop in temperatures is to program your thermostat based on when you’ll need it to be running and when you’ll be away from the home. Letting your heating system rest when you’re away can help prevent problems and ensure maximum performance throughout the season.

Lube Hinges & Locks

Around this time of year, it’s common to start to hear those awful creaking noises when old hinges and locks are being used – it may even be difficult to get the door locked. Some simple lubrication should clear up problems with doors and hinges that have been made fussy by the cold.

Water Heater Inspection & Maintenance

When was the last time you had your water heater inspected or maintained? The middle of winter is the worst time to find out that there is a problem with your water heater. Call for a system inspection and maintenance call before peak season to ensure you get hot water all winter long!

Add Insulation

Before winter is a great time to think about adding insulation throughout the home, it’s smart to insulate pipes with foam insulation that can prevent pipe freeze and busted pipes. Additionally, by adding insulation to walls, you can keep warm air in and help prevent pipe freeze in exterior walls.

Winter Furnace Tune-Up

Your winter furnace tune-up is one of the most important home winterization steps that you can take. This annual inspection and maintenance visit will prevent problems and ensure a smooth, energy-efficient system when you need it most.

Seal Doors & Windows

When it comes to heating your home, gaps around doors and windows can let in cold air that makes your heating system work even harder. By filling these gaps with caulking and weatherstripping, you’ll keep our drafts that cause your system to work harder!

Questions about home winterization? Call the pros at Morrison for the answers and repairs you need!

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