It's a bit chilly out there...

January 2018

Welcome to 2018! The year has come in like a blizzard and hopefully goes out just as quickly. As cold and blustery as it has been, there is still a certain beauty about Winter in Michigan. If you’re not outside enjoying ice fishing, skiing, or sledding, that means you are bundled up inside reading, baking, or catching up on Game of Thrones (no rush—2019 is a long way away!)

As a part of our ongoing commitment to you, our customers, we have instituted a monthly blog about the joy and challenges of home improvement. We all know that once your excitement over owning a home wanes, the work begins. But making your home your own—and safe and warm and inviting—is where we come in.

Whether you need a larger kitchen for your growing holiday entertaining, or a warm and inviting bathroom in which to luxuriate during the -12-degree weather, give us a call anytime.

Meanwhile, check in here to read our monthly musings on topics such as this month’s “What to think about in incredibly cold weather” to upcoming months of what we see as trends, what you can do to save energy, and how you can stay ahead of the curve when scheduling updates or maintenance.

Without further ado—let’s look at ways to keep your family and your house warm this very fine January.

Eight things to think about during the cold weather:

· If you have an attached garage, keep the door closed.  This will help keep the wind out and keep the heat radiated from the home in the garage.  This in turn will help keep your home warmer.

· Any plumbing on exterior walls?  If yes, they are most likely in the vanity cabinet.  Opening the door to the cabinet keeps warmer air moving, which can minimize any freezing pipes.

· Storm doors are recommended in both the winter and the summer.  Storm doors not only look good, but create extra space to the exterior door area—adding insulation and stopping drafts. In the summer, they can let air in without letting in all of the outdoors.

· Make sure windows are closed.  I cannot tell you how many times I see windows that are not closed and latched.  Your heat slowly leaks out unless windows are secure.

· Do not set your thermostat below 62 degrees.  The wind can move under siding and freeze pipes on an exterior wall.  Keeping a warm house helps minimize this.

· Your furnace is working really hard when its cold.  Change your filter often during really cold spells (follow the manufactures recommendations).

· A great long-term solution to heating your home during the winter is adding insulation to your attic. Since heat rises, stopping it from seeping through your roof is one step towards keeping it in your space rather than outer space!

· Finally, if you have a fireplace make sure you get it inspected and cleaned. The safer you can make it, the cozier your home can be.