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Winterizing your home

Winterizing your vacation home helps minimize the dangers your home or condo might face while you are away.
  1. Make sure heat is on low or at least 50 degrees
  2. Turn water heater temperature down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit
  3. Have furnace serviced yearly
  4. Change the furnace filters regularly. A dirty filter impedes air flow and reduces efficiency
  5. Have your chimney swept yearly
  6. To keep out cold air, fireplace owners should keep their chimney's damper closed when the fireplace isn't in use.
  7. Remove window screens and put up storm windows
  8. Put in a storm door
  9. Clean out gutters
  10. Reverse the ceiling fan - the fan will push warm air downward and force it to recirculate, keeping you more comfortable
  11. Change smoke detector batteries
  12. Put in energy efficiency light bulbs available for 99 cents from Efficiency Vermont
  13. Invest in a carbon-monoxide detector; every home should have at least one.
  14. Turn off water to your outdoor spigot and drain the line
  15. Vacation home owners turn water pump off when leaving; drain the remaining water in waterlines by turning on and off faucets to drain and flushing toilets.
If youre pipes happen to freeze youll end up with less water in the lines, thus minimizing potential water damage.

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