Old man winter is here, take the time to winterize your home. Make the following preparations to keep your house warm and comfortable in the cold months ahead.
1. Keep Gaps Around Windows and Doors Sealed
Small gaps between door and window frames are invitations for water, cold air and critters to get inside your house. to creep inside. To prevent these unwanted guests, make sure to replace worn exterior caulk with a new, waterproof sealant that won’t crack or break down over time. If you have any spaces more than an inch wide, plug the holes with a foam filler that expands for an airtight seal.
2. Keep Your Furnace Filters Clean
The dirtier your filters are, the harder your furnace must work. Make sure you regularly change the filters in your HVAC system to improve the efficiency of your furnace. Filters should be changed monthly. Have your furnace serviced periodically to make sure it is working properly.
3. Keep Your Attic Properly Insulated
Your insulation will deteriorate over time, allowing precious heat to escape through holes and gaps. It’s important to inspect your insulation and add more if needed. Consider adding an insulating cover over your attic to assist with trapping in heat.
4. Keep Your Gutters Clean
Fallen leaves can quickly clog gutters, which can result in major roof or gutter damage once the weather turns snowy or icy. Clean them out now before temperatures drop further.
5. Keep Pipes from Bursting
A burst pipe is the last thing you want to deal with this winter. Keep your pipes insulated with foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass insulation. You can also wrap heating tape around them before putting on insulation to ensure they do not freeze. Make sure to look for pipes located in crawlspaces and other areas that are unheated. The pipes in these areas will be most susceptible to the cold.
6. Keep Winter Supplies on Hand
You don’t want to be caught without snow removal tools when a storm hits. Make a checklist of important items to have on hand, such as snow shovels, ice scrapers, rock salt or sand for your walkways to improve traction, a snow blower, snow brushes, gloves, and hats.