Winter can hit hard in the mountains of Asheville, NC. Though the city itself usually enjoys milder temperatures, the farther up the the mountain you go, the more snow you’re likely to see. If you live just outside of town, you’ll want to make sure your home is prepared for the cooler weather. Here are a few tips and tricks to conserve energy and keep your home safe this winter:
One of the best ways to keep your energy bills down this winter is to install weather stripping around exterior doors and windows. A roll of weather stripping costs less than $10 and will save you way more than that in the long run. It essentially works to block cold air from coming in, and warm air from flowing out. It’s easy to apply and cheap to buy, so putting in a roll before the first snow falls is a great way to get your Asheville home ready for the winter.
Flush the water heater
Over time, your water heater can collect sediment, debris, and mineral deposits, and start to run less efficiently. By simply flushing it out before winter starts, you’ll improve its energy efficiency significantly. It’s easy to do and can help ensure you get the hot water you need all winter, as well as prolonging the life of your water heater.
Replace air filters
Another great winterizing trick is to replace your air filters every winter. When your home is completely shut up to keep hot air in and cool air out, a lot of allergens and air particles become trapped and can flow through your HVAC system. By replacing your furnace’s air filter, you can ensure that those unhealthy particles are trapped and your home’s indoor air is clear. Regularly replacing those air filters is also a great way to extend the life of your HVAC system by keeping it clean and particle free.
Asheville is a mountain town, and mountain towns are infamous for traditional-style log homes. If your Asheville mountain home is built of wood, you’ll definitely want to make sure you’re caulking and chinking before winter hits. By thoroughly inspecting your home for areas that could use a bit more caulk, and then by filling in those checks and cracks, you’ll ensure your home is toasty warm for the winter to come. Even if you don’t have a log home, it can be beneficial to add another layer of caulk around vulnerable exterior areas of your home, like gaps in siding.
Hook up a generator
If you live in the mountains near Asheville, you know that sometimes the power goes out. Unfortunately, it’s just an inevitable truth of living in an area where trees can fall on power lines. That said, when you know to expect power outages at least once in awhile, you can prepare for them. If you’re looking for a way to keep your home running even in the event of a power outage, consider hooking up a generator. While they do represent a pretty large upfront cost, a generator can keep your home and your family protected for years to come, more than justifying that initial cost. Once you have one, you can simply hook it up every winter to automatically kick on in the event that you lose power.
Check your fireplace
If you plan on using your fireplace this winter, be sure to inspect it before you turn it on for the first time this year. Chimneys and fireplaces are really attractive, warm spots for animals to build nests and curl up in the cooler months. Be sure to shine a flashlight up your chimney to check and see if you’ve got any unwanted guests, or you’ll get a frightening surprise when you light your fire this year. If you do find a nest of any sort, you’ll want to call a pro to remove it.
Bring in plants
If you have any potted plants that you’d like to survive the winter, be sure to bring them in before the snow falls. The cold weather will shock most plants that are in pots and is likely to kill them if they’re not brought in in time. If you don’t have a spot in the house to put them, they’ll probably do alright near a window in your garage or basement. So long as they’re not directly exposed to the elements, and you maintain regular watering patterns, they’ll probably be just fine over the winter.
Trim nearby trees
Another great winterizing tip for your home is to trim back any nearby trees. Anything that looks dead, or has branches that hang over your roof, is a danger to your home this winter. When snow and ice accumulate on branches, they can weigh them down and cause them to break. The last thing you need this winter is a hole in your roof because of a fallen tree. So, either break out that chainsaw this fall or call your local tree trimmer to take care of wayward branches for you.
Asheville winters aren’t long, but if you’re up in the mountains they can take a bit of a toll on your home. Be sure you do everything in your power to winterize your home before the first snow falls. And if you’re looking for a home this winter in Asheville, NC, be sure to check out the properties at Sovereign Oaks. A sustainable mountain community, Sovereign Oaks only has a few homes left, so be sure to get in contact with our office at 866-936-5263, or check out our remaining properties online.