Winter Is Coming. 13 Tips To Prepare Your Home For The Cold
With winter around the corner, it’s time to get your home in shape for the frigid temperatures. Here are some tips that will protect your home and help you save money from reduced energy usage.
Home Winterizing Tips
- Have your chimney and heater checked for the winter season to ensure they’re ready for usage. If you have a fireplace, make sure you know how to open and close the flue before using it.
- Weatherstrip your doors, windows, and AC window units.
- Clean your gutters. If leaves and other debris fill your gutters, it can prevent the melting snow and ice from draining, which can cause ice dams.
- Shut down water sources to your yard. Remove garden hoses and drain your sprinkler system to prevent pipes from bursting, should you experience below-freezing temperatures.
- Change the airflow direction on your ceiling fan. This keeps the warmer air lower instead of it rising to the top of the room. There should be a button on your fan’s remote or a switch on the base of the fan.
- Change your air filter to keep your heater running efficiently. This should be done every three months, but it’s a friendly reminder just in case.
- Check your yard for tree branches that may be hanging over your home and have them trimmed back. Snow and ice accumulation can become too heavy for the branches, causing them to break and fall.
- Switch out lightweight curtains for thermal lined ones to keep the cold out and the heat in.
- Look for leaks and cracks in your home’s exterior, and fill them with caulk to prevent the cold from entering.
- Make sure your attic is insulated. You can have a company install it for you, or you can purchase some at a local hardware store and install it yourself.
- Know where your main water valve is, so you can shut it off quickly in an emergency. If pipes burst from the cold, the faster you shut off the water, the less damage to your home.
- Cover your windows with insulation film. No, it’s not an attractive addition to your home decor, but it will cut your energy usage and reduce heating costs. The film isn’t permanent, so you can remove it when spring arrives.
- When temperatures run below freezing, it’s a good idea to let water trickle from your faucets to keep water moving and reduce the likelihood of your pipes freezing.
Many of these steps are simple, and you can do them on your own. You can also contact one of our award winning companies in your area that will handle many of these tasks for you, like insulating your attic and weatherstripping.