Winter Tips for Your Home
It’s that magical time of year when people reconnect with friends and family. And, if you’re lucky, between social gatherings you get to snuggle up and enjoy your home. Winterizing your house against the seasonal chill is a given, but we’ve come up with some additional winter tips that’ll help you protect your home and family this season.
Fall cleaning. Much like the spring cleaning you do inside each year, plan on fall cleaning outside. Remove leaves and debris from roofs, gutters and around your home to prevent water and ice build-up and mold growth. While you’re outside, check for other signs of wear to the exterior of your home. This is one of those times where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Look for leaks. Be wary of air and water leaks this season. Winterizing against drafts will help keep your home nice and cozy and lower your heating bills. Water leaks should be taken care of as soon as possible so they don’t escalate, but did you know you may be able to prevent some water leaks from even happening. It’s as simple as taking steps to avoid frozen pipes.
Use smart technology. Smart home technology doesn’t only save money on utilities, it can also serve as a monitor for water leaks, fire, intruders and more. American Family Insurance and Frontpoint have teamed up to give you an exclusive deal on a home security system that’ll protect your home for less. In one package you get window and door sensors as well as smoke and water leak detection. And if that’s not a good enough reason to go high-tech, you may earn a homeowners insurance discount for using qualified smart home technology! Win-win.
Have a fire drill. Chilly weather is so much more inviting if we can curl up by the fireplace, light some scented candles and do a little holiday baking. With all of these activities comes an added risk of fire. Make sure you, your family and your home is ready for the season by preparing your fireplace and checking fire extinguishers and batteries in smoke detectors. Then, have a good old fashioned fire drill so everyone knows what to do and where to go.
Personal insurance review. It’s a great idea to have an annual review of your homeowners insurance to make sure you have all the coverage you need. This is also a good time to see if there are any new discounts you qualify for. Connect with your American Family Insurance agent to schedule your review.
These handy winter tips can help you stay comfortable while also helping you reduce insurance risks. Take winterizing to a new level and enjoy peace of mind this season.