Preparing Your Home For Winter

winterizing your home

Preparing Your Home For Winter

Home Winterization

Wintertime is usually a busy time for us all. With family gatherings upon us, it is essential to make sure your home is warm and cozy. Prepping your home for cold weather is a must do to avoid damaged property and unnecessary utility charges. Winterizing your home is incredibly easy, even when on a budget or time constraint. First things first, clean out your gutters. Make sure water can flow freely to avoid ice dams. Flushing your hot water heater will ensure that it will stay reliable during the wintertime. Hot showers for all! Another quick tip is to run your fans in reverse. Fans spinning counterclockwise will make the room warmer.

Keeping A Vacant Home Safe

If you are leaving your home vacant during the winter, a few more precautions are needed.  Unplug EVERYTHING. Leaving electronics like the microwave or TV plugged in increases the risk of a fire while you’re gone. Not to be mention these appliances will be using phantom energy and you’ll be stuck with the costs. A very important step in winterizing a vacant house is shutting off the water. Leaving the water on can increase the chances of pipes bursting.
To keep pipes from freezing, keep your thermostat around 50-55 degrees while you are gone. Also, leaving faucets open will prevent pressure from building up in your pipes while you’re gone.

As always, you should find out what your homeowner’s insurance will cover. Our agents at AWS are more than happy to go over your existing coverage with you today.

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Melinda Martin

Account Executive

Melinda began her insurance career in 1985 with Alexander & Alexander where she received her Property & Casualty and Life & Health license. Since then she has worked at various agencies in the New Orleans area and in California as a senior account manager for Employee Benefit Plans.  While in California, she was also the Membership Director for the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Melinda joined the AWS team in July of 2015.

Michael A. Seeling

Vice President

Graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.A. in Insurance Risk Management and is a graduate of Archbishop Rummel High School in New Orleans. He joined AWS in October of 2008 and has been awarded the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Certification (PPACA). Additionally, he is working towards his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Registered Health Underwriter (RHU), and Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC) designations. He is also a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), National Association of Insurance Financial Advisors (NAIFA), and is an active member of the Fore!Kids foundation.