The temperatures have begun to drop, and snow is starting to fall. Before Old Man Winter really sets in, you should take the time to winterize your home. Here are 6 easy preparations you can make to keep your house cozy and warm this season.
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.
Clean Your Gutters
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.
Seal Windows and Doors
Small gaps between door and window frames are invitations for water, cold air and critters to get inside your house. 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.
Protect Your Pipes
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.
Check Your Furnace Filters
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.
Replace Your Insulation
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.