11 Ways to Winterize Your Home
The days are getting shorter, the nights longer, and the temperatures are falling. Is your home ready for winter though? Here are some simple and effective steps that you can take to winterize your home. Most of them you can easily do yourself!
1. Check your gutters.
A buildup of leaves can lead to ice accumulation, so it’s better to make sure that those gutters are nice and clean sooner rather than later.
2. Check and install weatherstripping.
Most homes already have some sort of weatherstripping around doors and windows. It’s still a good idea to check, as sometimes the materials can start to break down or get torn off from frequent use. Rolls of self-adhesive are easily available at your local hardware store.
3. Insulate your outlets.
One area that frequently gets overlooked when it comes to weatherstripping though is around outlets. As the outlet boxes are usually next to insulation but not insulated themselves, it’s an easy way for air to escape. Foam gaskets are a simple yet effective solution.
4. Insulate exposed pipes.
Exposed pipes can wreak havoc on your home if they happen to freeze and burst. There are lots of options available, from simple foam wraps to electrical warming systems.
5. Re-caulk around trim.
Every few years it’s wise to check for gaps where caulk lines have split. While this is good basic home maintenance, it’s also a great way to make sure that your home is winterized.
6. Check your chimney.
Chimneys are a huge loss of heat when they’re not in use. If you’re not regularly using your chimney check to see that your flue is closed, and look into a chimney balloon. When inflated, a chimney ballon blocks the flow of air and acts as a form of insulation.
7. Clear the yard.
Dead limbs can become a hazard when winter storms roll through. Whether it’s from wind or ice accumulation, a falling limb can spell disaster. Go ahead and remove the dead limbs now.
8. Take care of your plants.
Some plants need to be brought in before temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. You might also need to reposition indoor plants because of changes in sunlight, or invest in additional growing lights to keep your plants happy.
9. Have your heating system checked.
Regular maintenance checks on your home’s heating system can save you not only discomfort from a cold house but also money in the way of repair costs and inefficient performance.
10. Replace your filters.
Dirty air filters can slow down your heating system and make it work harder, not smarter. Regularly replacing your air filter reduces strain on your system, which will save you money in the long run.
11. Draft guards.
Small gaps at the bottom of doors are great places for air to escape. Draft guards are simple, yet practical solutions to this problem. There are plenty of commercial options available, but it can also be as simple as a rolled-up towel.
We hope these tips help keep you safe and warm all winter long!