Atlanta new homeFall is rushing by, so now is the perfect time to start getting your Atlanta new home ready for winter. True, the beautiful active adult homes at Jim Chapman Communities are maintenance-free, but here are a few tips for winterizing your home that cost nothing and can save you money!

Have you ever heard the phrase, “heat rises?” Well, it’s true! So take a moment and check the direction you’re ceiling fan is rotating. Counterclockwise movement means it is actually bringing the hot air up toward the ceiling. By setting your fan to move in a clockwise direction, you can push the heat downwards to the floor.

Another easy way to winterize your home is to double the seal on your exterior doors. You can do this cost-free by simply rolling-up a towel or throw rug and placing it against the bottom of your door. Just be sure not to cover the gaps of interior doors, like bedrooms or bathrooms; it is important for heat to be able to circulate through the entire house so it can be heated evenly. This method can also be used for windows.

Door draft stoppers can be bought relatively cheaply at various department stores if you’d rather be able to open and close an exterior door without fixing the towel. Also, if you’re feeling crafty, a door draft stopper can also be pretty easy to make and gives you the ability to choose a pattern to match your home’s décor.

Another great tip for winterizing your home is a simple trick from the U.S. Department of Energy. They suggest that home owners can save three percent on their energy bill for every degree they turn the thermostat down during the winter. They suggest moving your thermostat down three degrees at night (after all you can snuggle in tons of bed coverings while you sleep), and it can save almost $100 a year!

Jim Chapman Communities currently builds elegant, yet affordable one-level ranch active adult communities in Douglas, Cobb, Gwinnett, North Fulton and Forsyth Counties.

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