An important part of home ownership is making sure your house is well taken care of and being prepared for the upcoming season. Taking a few steps to winterize your home will not only help prevent those expensive repairs that seem to always come around the holidays, but it can also save you money on your monthly bills this winter!
- Inspect Your Roof And Clean Out The Gutters
Check for broken shingles and holes. Seal holes with a water tight caulk. Scoop out the leaves and debris from the gutters.
- Check Out Snow And Ice Removal Supplies
Stock supplies, including salt for de-icing, as well as, a snow blower or shovel for clearing the driveway.
- Clean Out Your Air Ducts
Clean out air ducts at least once a year. Replace the furnace filters and check the connection between the furnace and the thermostat.
- Check Your Dryer Vent To Prevent Fires
Clear that thick layer of lint. Check the dryer’s lint trap and ductwork, and clean out any built-up or debris.
- Have Your Fireplace and Chimney Checked
Check for buildup and make sure the damper and flue are functioning properly. If needed, call a professional chimney sweeper.
- Winterize Exterior Faucets And Sprinkler Systems
Insulate our outdoor faucets with a foam cover. Drain any excess water from your sprinkler system or garden hoses.
- Check Your Windows And Door Seals
Check windows and door seals for drafts or air leaks. Caulk over troubled areas or call in a professional for replacing a window.
- Replace Batteries
Change your batteries in all of your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Change these batteries every six months, and test them monthly.
- Wrap Pipes To Prevent Freezing
Insulating exposed pipes with foam covers or towels could save you the damage and hassle of a busted pipe.
- Add Insulation To The Attic And Basement
Add extra insulation to your attic ceiling and basement walls. Use traditional insulation or spray foam as a barrier.