Preparing your West Virginia home for winter

West Virginia is known as the mountain state and can be quite ferocious in the winter. Ensuring that your home can stand up to the rough weather is essential in preserving the value of your investment. At Smith Insurance Agency of West Virginia in Kingwood, WV, we provide our customers the personalized service they deserve from an independent insurance agent. 

Make sure your home is insulated.

Insulation is important to help your home keep the cold out and warmth in. It can be in the attic, between the walls, and under the floors. It makes whatever hearing system you have more efficient. 

Get a furnace tuneup.

A yearly tuneup helps your furnace to work better and use less fuel. It is also designed to catch anything that might be wrong before it leaves you out in the cold.

Stock up.

It is always a good idea to be prepared for the winter weather, and that means getting sand and salt, stocking up on water, and food that is easy to store and requires little or no cooking. 

Clean out the gutters.

Leaves and other debris can accumulate in the gutters, leading to damage to your roof. It can be dangerous to clean them yourself, so never climb a ladder alone; if you can afford it, get someone else to do it. 

Plug the leaks.

Caulk is inexpensive and can save you a lot of money on heating by plugging any leaks around your windows. Weatherstripping on your doors can take care of any leaks where drafts may be creeping in.

Contact Smith Insurance Agency of West Virginia in Kingwood, WV, to make an appointment to discuss your home insurance needs. We can be reached by phone, via email, or in person.