As winter weather approaches, it is important to take some preventative measures to protect you and your home. Winterizing is a task that can help save you money on energy bills, increase the comfort of your home and can be relatively inexpensive. Here are some helpful tips!
Purchase a snow shovel now so that you have it before winter weather arrives.
Have rock salt/de-icing agents on hand.
Prepare an emergency kit that includes water, non-perishable food supplies, blankets and a first-aid kit. Don’t forget food for any pets!
Gutters and Downspouts
Clear gutters and downspouts.
Inspect, secure and repair any loose or leaking gutters.
Install leaf guards to keep falling leaves and debris out of gutters.
Trim back tree branches and shrubs from the home.
Doors and Windows
Inspect doors and windows to ensure that there aren’t any gaps.
Install double-paned windows or apply plastic film to increase energy efficiency.
Replace filters in your home’s HVAC system to increase efficiency.
Test run your heating system in advance.
Hire a certified technician to inspect and maintenance your furnace.
Reverse ceiling fans so that they force warm air downwards.
Plumbing and Faucets
Drain and turn off outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
Install insulating covers to exterior faucets.
Inspect exposed plumbing (particularly in older homes) in areas like basements or crawl spaces that may not be insulated.
Add pipe insulation as needed to prevent them from bursting.
Consider adding a sump pump in basements that are prone to moisture.
Roofing, Chimneys and Decks
Inspect your roof and replace any damaged shingles or flashing.
Make sure your chimneys and wood-stoves are cleaned early in the season.
Give your deck a new coat of sealer to protect it from the winter elements.