Winterizing Your Home
Winter will be here before you know it. Is your home ready?
Winterizing your home not only keeps the cold out, but also helps protect it from a wide range of potential winter catastrophes. Even if you live in a milder climate, you should still take steps to get your home ready for longer nights and cooler, wetter weather.
- Your heating and furnace systems will run more efficiently, saving you money on heating bills.
- It protects your home from winter weather.
- It keeps pipes from leaking or bursting.
- It safeguards against fires and carbon monoxide leaks.
To keep your home cozy all winter long, follow these winterizing tips and tricks:
- Change your furnace filters
- Tune up your heating system
- Turn off valves to exterior water faucets
- Insulate indoor pipes
- Seal windows and doors (or install storm windows or doors)
- Program your thermostat to run cooler during the warmer parts of the day, or those times when you’re not at home.
- Clean out gutters
- Repair loose roof shingles
- Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
Winterizing your home will make it more energy efficient and keep you and your family safe from any winter-related weather or damage.