Tips on Preparing Your New Home for Winter

WithBallentine model home living area at Kelsney Ridge winter quickly approaching, Essex Homes wants to make sure all of our homeowners and future clients have their homes prepared. Here are some tips on how to prepare your home for the winter:

  • Move your furniture away from vents. You want to make sure the heat is flowing into and around your house without any blockage.
  • Make sure your house is heated to at least 60 degrees, even when you are not at home. This will help prevent your HVAC unit from freezing. In addition, it’s a good idea to have your furnace inspected prior to the first freeze to ensure it’s working at maximum efficiency.
  • If the temperature drops below 32 degrees, let water drip in all faucets to prevent the pipes from freezing.
  • Use thicker curtains for your windows to trap the heat inside. Look for curtains in darker colors or ones with thermal lining that are made to protect a home during the winter season.
  • Reverse the direction of your fan. Setting your ceiling fan to rotate clockwise in the winter months will make the warm air circulate downward. This will help maximize heat in the room, and help you be more efficient with your energy use.
  • Check your windows and doorways for gaps that could allow heat to escape and let cold, wintery air in the room. If you feel a breeze, or if gaps are larger than a nickel, seal them with caulk.
  • After the majority of the leaves have fallen around your home, make sure your gutters are free of debris to prevent damage, such as sagging or leaking.

Essex Homes offers the newest and best home designs on the market and every home is built with the Essex eBuilt Technology – saving you hundreds on your energy bill every year!  With a variety of communities in the most desirable locations, we provide you with a menu of selections to help you personalize your dream home and make it a reality. For more information about Essex Homes, visit