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Winterize your home

It's getting increasingly colder out there as we head into the heart of winter. And if you haven't taken a moment to winterize your home, there's no better time.


These 5 tips will have you feeling the heat in no time...


1. Protect your pipes – "Insulating your pipes can raise water temperatures by 2 to 4 degrees, allowing you to lower your water temperature setting and your heating bill," according to Trulia.com.


2. Though you should've already done it, if you haven't, clean out your gutters on the next day it's feasible to do so. As BHG.com explains, "Clogged gutters can lead to siding damage, basement floods, and gutter corrosion."


3. Get a furnace checkupKiplinger.com says, "For about $80 to $100, a technician will inspect your furnace or heat pump to be sure the system is clean and in good repair, and that it can achieve its manufacturer-rated efficiency. The inspection also measures carbon-monoxide leakage."


4. Seal those drafty windows – "Windows are just bound to have gaps around them. The seal around the edges wears down or cracks over time with changing temperatures and a settling house. After a while, these gaps and cracks can let hot air out and cold air in (or vice versa during the summer). Use waterproof caulking or weather stripping to block the gaps and keep the heat inside where it belongs," explains HowStuffWorks.com.


5. Storm preparation – You should, "always have a fully-stocked emergency kit at hand. Include batteries, a flashlight, candles, matches and a lighter; warm clothes and blankets; a battery-powered radio; non-perishable food items and water; a first-aid kit and specialty products like medicine, baby formula and pet food (if necessary)," according to StyleatHome.com. They recommend you have three days' worth of supplies for each person.


*SURPRISE TIP: You should reverse your fans so they spin clockwise. Trulia.com says that's because, "clockwise-spinning fans will help trap heat inside rooms and reduce the work of your heating unit. This will save you money, since the average ceiling fan uses only about 75 watts of energy, a fraction of the thousands of watts it takes to fully run the heat."


Need help finding your next cozy castle? Call Cassidee Reeve, a Top Producing Agent at NP Dodge, at 402.706.2901 to set up your free consult today!

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