Tips for Winterizing Your Home
Updated: Nov 18, 2019
Old man winter is on his way and he may be here sooner than later. Here are some tips to outsmart him this year by winterizing your home in advance.
Inspect Your Furnace
It’s always a good idea to have your furnace running in tip-top shape, but even more important in the winter. Call an HVAC professional to inspect and clean your furnace before winter hits and you get left in the cold.
Consider Upgrading your Thermostat
A programmable thermostat keeps your home at a consistent temperature without constantly adjusting it. Before installing a new thermostat, your home should be looked at by an HVAC professional to make sure it is efficient. This will help in saving money.
Install a Chimney Balloon
Chimneys are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to losing heat in the winter. A chimney balloon can help stop some of that loss.
Clear Debris Off Your Roof
This can help prevent ice buildups in valleys and can help identify any problem areas before they get worse. You should also check your gutters if you’re not cleaning them regularly.
Rake away any leaves or debris that is crowding the foundation of your home. Seal up any cracks or entry points, as rodents or small animals can fit through incredibly small spaces when they are they are trying to stay warm for the winter.
Prepare Your Outdoor Space
The combination of wind, snow, and ice can be deadly. Those elements alone can wreak havoc across your yard. Trim branches close to your home to help eliminate the threat of them falling onto your home. Remember to bring in potted and sensitive plants. Put away patio furniture and cover your grill.
Invest in Indow Windows
To help prevent that condensation that forms on windows in the winter, you can get fitted for indow windows. These are basically inner storm windows that create a tight seal in the window frame and help with heat loss. They are a long-term solution as opposed to the plastic sheeting or bubble wrap that is typically used.
Make Sure your Attic Insulation is Flat
The way your insulation is laid out can help or hurt you. Flat insulation can help save you money while lumpy insulation allows heat to escape. Checking your attic insulation can also help identify areas that need to be repaired.
Replace Common Items
It’s time to upgrade those yard tools. Replace worn shovels and rakes. Stock up on ice melt or dirt before the snow flies and sharpen ice choppers. Work smarter, not harder.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
Emergencies can strike at any time, hence why they are emergencies. It's important to plan in advance to help alleviate some worries that come along with emergencies. Buy indoor candles and matches in case of a power outage. Power surges can often shock your computer or other electronic devices. Frequently back-up your computer and other sensitive material. Store extra bottled water, nonperishable food supplies, blankets, and a first aid kit in an accessible location.
Hopefully, you found this tips to be helpful. We wish every a safe and warm winter. If you need any home repairs or plowing, keep us in mind!