It all seems to happen in the blink of an eye.

It seems like only yesterday that you were wearing shorts and flip flops and figuring out the best way to keep cool. First, the kids went back to school, then the days got considerably shorter and now it’s freezing outside and snowing in many parts of the country.

Yep, winter snuck up on you and you aren’t fully prepared until you have winterized your house.

So before you go “dashing through the snow,” here are a few things you need to accomplish. William Raveis, your real estate agency in Bath, offers home winterization tips.

Reverse Ceiling Fans

Many homeowners don’t realize that you can use your ceiling fans to keep your house warm in the winter. By reversing the fans, the blades rotate clockwise and push warm air down from the ceiling.

Clean the Gutters

Clogged gutters can cause problems in the winter. Ice dams can occur when water backs up and freezes near the edge of the roof. Ice builds up and eventually block the path of melted snow from your roof.

Water starts to pool on your roof and can seep into your house causing all sorts of problems.

Wrap the Pipes

Insulating your water pipes increases the hot water delivered through the pipes and reduces heat loss. This reduces energy costs. Wrapping your water pipes also protects them from freezing up on those cold winter nights.

Winterize the AC Unit

Let’s face it, you aren’t likely to be using your air conditioner over the next several months, so you might as well take the proper steps to winterize it. Winterizing your AC is quite easy. All you have to do is drain any hoses or pipes coming from your unit to prevent freezing.

You will also want to cover up your AC unit to help keep moisture out.

Trim Trees

The very same trees that shade your home in the summer can cause damage to your house in the winter. A wayward branch hanging over your house is in danger of breaking in a winter snowstorm. Take the time to trim your trees to ensure a safe house.

You will also want to trim any tree branches that hang over your driveway, a downed branch could fall and damage your car.

Check for Drafts

On a cool day, stand next to each of your windows and doors and see if you can feel a draft. If there is a draft, there is obviously a leak that should be addressed. There are several ways you can fix these leaks including installing weatherstripping and caulking.

Have the Furnace Checked

If you haven’t already done so, it is only a matter of time before you need to run your furnace. Avoid furnace problems this winter by calling your HVAC service and have them take a look at it. It is always a good idea to be proactive about these things.

If you are interested in buying or selling a house, give William Raveis Real Estate a call.