Before you know it, winter will be here. You may think you’re ready but what about your house? You should think about winterizing your home now before it’s too late. Taking the necessary steps to prepare your house for the cold months ahead will protect your property and save you a lot of money in utility costs.
Check Those Leaks
One of the simplest and most effective ways to winterize your home is to find leaks in and around your home and block them. Check doors and windows. If you feel any air coming through even when they’re shut, you should replace worn door stops, caulk gaps, and add or replace worn weather-stripping around doors and windows to seal up leaks. Don’t forget to check the basement too.
Putting in additional insulation in your attic costs money but you’ll get your money back from what you save on heating costs. The right attic insulation will keep your home warm in the winter and cool during summer.
Gutters, Roof and Downspouts
Before winter arrives clean out the gutters and hose down the downspout to clear it of dirt, leaves and other debris. Check the flashing and make sure water cannot enter the house. You may want to install leaf guards on the gutters to keep them clean. When winterizing your home don’t forget to replace worn roof tiles or shingles.
Exteriors and Basement
Inspect entry points of pipes and ducts in your house’s exterior. If you find crevice cracks and other leaks, use caulking or weather-stripping where necessary. You may want to protect your basement’s window wells with plastic shields. You can also prepare your home for the winter by installing storm windows if you have them. At any rate, be sure to replace summer screens with glass.
Get your fireplace ready and have plenty of firewood on hand. The chimney should be inspected and cleaned. To conserve heat, close the damper when you are not using the fireplace.
Have your heater inspected by an HVAC professional before winter comes. Make sure you replace the furnace filter and clean out the ducts. Furnace filters should be changed regularly to keep the furnace working efficiently. Don’t forget to stock up on furnace filters as you go about winterizing your home.
When you’re winterizing your home, don’t forget the plumbing. You may already know which pipes are likely to freeze. Be sure to drain water from outdoor faucets and garden hoses, especially if you are expecting freezing weather. Heat tape can be used to insulate exposed plumbing pipes. This will keep the pipes from bursting.
Winterize Your Home and Save Money
When preparing your home for the winter always remember that what you’re doing will protect your property and help you save on heating costs.
It’s also a good idea to keep emergency supplies ready such as candles, matches, flashlight, battery-operated radio and extra batteries. Keep enough bottled water and non-perishable food to last a few days. Now you have winterized your home and prepared yourself for a warm and safe winter.