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Tips To Prepare Your Home For Winter

The winter season is fast approaching. As cold weather slowly becomes more common day by day, we can finally say goodbye to the hotter weather. But it may also mean higher than expected utility bills, right? Maybe not.

There are many things you can do to prepare your home to help protect it from the effects of colder weather and prevent unexpected spikes in utility bills.

4 tips to prepare your home for winter

Insulate your water pipes

Water runs through your pipes year-round. Problems arise when the temperature falls below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Your water pipes have the potential to freeze in extremely cold weather. When the water in your pipes freeze, the pipes begin to expand (even metal pipes) because of the immense pressure which can cause them to burst. Repairs start at $350.

Here’s how you can prevent this headache. Insulating your water pipes is cheap and easy. Insulation can be purchased at any home improvement retailer for roughly $2 per 6ft.

If you don’t want to install the insulation yourself, no problem. Hire a professional. The average cost of having a professional insulate your pipes can range between $100 and $1,000 and easily be covered by an installment loan from us. Read more about how an installment loan can make your life easier.

Clean out your gutters

This is a task that should be done frequently but is more important during the winter months. On average, your gutters should be cleaned every 3 months. If not, debris and water can build up and weigh down the gutters causing them to collapse damaging everything in their proximity.

The alternative to cleaning out the gutters yourself is hiring a professional which on average will cost roughly $200 to $600.

Get your furnace maintained

If you have a furnace installed in your home, you should get it inspected at least once a year. Most furnaces are meant to last 12 to 15 years with good maintenance. It is best to get it inspected before winter to prevent any major problems from happening when you need it the most.

When broken, the mechanism that combusts to create the warm air can actually emit carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless, and deadly gas. To prevent a breakdown, replace the filter every 3 months (depending on the filter), get regular inspections from a professional and have it maintained at least once a year. Costs for maintenance and repairs range from $100 to $300 per year and replacements start at about $2,000.

Replace those leaky windows

The windows in your home can potentially be costing you money. Depending on the age of your windows, or the quality of installation it is possible that they’re leaking air causing your furnace to work harder than it needs to. This will cause your utility bill to go up.

New windows can be costly, but if they’re not replaced, they may cost even more over time. The price of new windows and installation starts at $300 and can be as much as $1,000 on average.

With the help of an installment loan, you can prepare your home for the winter today and prevent unexpected repairs, or costly replacements when the weather is at its worst.

Preparing your home for winter should be a priority. Visit any one of our Sun Loan Company locations. We have a team of experts waiting to help!