If the recent chilly, wet weather is any indication, cool weather is here to stay. While you’re unpacking your winter clothes and preparing for the holiday season, remember to winterize your house. We’ve compiled 7 tips to make sure you stay warm and your home stays safe this winter.
- Turn off the water to you irrigation system. If you haven’t already, it’s time to drain your sprinkler lines. If you aren’t comfortable doing this yourself, there are plenty of lawn maintenance and sprinkler repair companies you can hire to do it for you. If water freezes in your irrigation lines and cracks a pipe, you could be facing an expensive repair in the spring. Make sure you also drain water from your outdoor water faucets and spigots.
- Tune up your heating system. To make sure your heating system runs efficiently this winter, have a pro tune it up. They’ll also check for any safety concerns and many companies are running specials this time of year.
- Caulk gaps. Check around window frames, door frames, and around siding for gaps. Anything larger than the width of a quarter should be caulked. Add weatherstripping around doors for a tight seal. If your door is closed and you can see daylight around it, it’s time to add or refresh the weatherstripping.
- Call a chimney sweep. Before you start using your fireplace, call a chimney sweep to inspect your fireplace, chimney, and vents.
- Clean the gutters. If your gutters are filled with leaves and debris, water is more likely to freeze in your gutters. Backed up gutters can also cause damage to the roof and siding. Again, call a professional if you can’t or don’t want to do it yourself.
- Stock up on winter essentials now. If you need a new show shovel or a fresh bag of ice melt, buy it now instead of waiting for the first big storm.
- Consider bigger projects. If time and money allow, consider some bigger winterization projects. Adding more insulation to your attic can help keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. You’ll also likely have lower utility bills since your heating and cooling systems won’t have to work as hard to keep your home comfortable. It may also be a good time to have your duct system inspected and repaired. Tightly fitted and insulated duct systems will keep a home much cozier this winter.