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We’ve all noticed it; the icy cool breezes, the flecks of snow on the lawn, and the need for an extra layer outside. So, here are 5 simple ways to winterize your northern Michigan home on a budget While we might not like to admit it, Winter is just around the corner. Just as you would prepare your vehicle for the weather, homeowners can prepare their homes to avoid turning into an ice palace when the temperatures drop.

Winterizing your home doesn’t have to be expensive, and each small improvement can save you money and time in the long run.

Here’s how you can get your Northern Michigan home in tip-top condition this Winter:

Reverse the Ceiling Fan

It’s something incredibly simple but it can make a considerable difference. In addition, setting your fan to rotate clockwise will help redistribute the warm air near the ceiling back down to the main living space, making full use of the existing heat in your home. However, this small difference can save up to 15% on your home heating costs –for free.

Replace the Weather-Stripping & Caulking

Weatherstripping and caulking will need to be replaced over time. In addition, check for drafts by running your hand around window and door frames. In fact, even a small draft lets cool air in and warm air out, saving you money on your heating bill.

Check Your Insulation

Modern building codes require most new homes to have adequate insulation, but older homes often lack adequate insulation to keep you warm. In addition, experts recommend around 15 inches of attic insulation to get the most out of your home’s heat, saving you money on creating more heat to replace it as it’s lost.

Mind Your Driveways & Foundation

Find cracks and damage in your driveway, steps, and foundation before it gets too cold. Small cracks in concrete can cause damage. Water can freeze in the crack, causing it to widen. Eventually, you’ll have a much bigger problem that’ll be difficult and costly to fix.

Check the Filters in Your Furnace or Heat Pump

Annual furnace or heat pump maintenance ensures maximum efficiency. Check the filters yourself once a season. Even a clean filter can accumulate enough dust and particles in its fibers to obstruct airflow. Maintaining a clean filter protects your heating appliances and lowers your monthly heating bill.

Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

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So, why keep your house warm when no one is home for a period of time each day? A programmable thermostat will keep your home at a comfortable temperature while you are away or sleeping. High-tech thermostats like Nest and Eco-Bee include movement sensors to detect when you’re away and mobile apps to control your home’s climate.

Winter may be the best time to buy one of these! Our list of 5 cheap ways to winterize your northern Michigan home includes a thermostat.

There are many small and large ways to increase your home’s value, but basic maintenance is critical to protecting your investment. If you’re looking to buy a home in Northern Michigan this winter, contact the experts at BrookWalsh.com and Northern Michigan Escapes.

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