For most of us, winter is a pretty rough season to deal with. It looks pretty, but it doesn’t necessarily FEEL pretty. To those of you in the warmer states, consider yourselves lucky. Maybe this won’t be as relevant to you, but feel free to pass it along to your friends and family in the colder states. Your home is one your most important investments and you should always be proactive to prepare your home for winter before it hits.
I know, I know… Who wants to talk about winter during the middle of October?! Trust me, I don’t either but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Taking steps to do this will keep you safe AND save you money this winter. After researching many different websites, here is a list of the most important home-winterizing tips we found:
- Flushing your water heater a couple times a year will help to prevent buildup of minerals and keep it working properly. You can do it yourself or call a professional.
- Covering your water heater with a water heater blanket will keep your tank from losing heat and will save you money.
- Call someone to clean your fireplace if you have plans to use it over the winter. They will remove any buildup that accumulates in there.
- Caulking around your windows will help with cold air coming in and warm air escaping.
- Upgrade to a programmable thermostat and use the programming option to keep the house warmer when people are home and cooler when no one is there.
- Call your utility company to do an energy audit for you. Many companies will do this for free.
- Replace old doors and windows. Also, put up storm windows over your screens. If you do not have this option, you can buy window plastic at your local home and garden store and cover your windows yourself.
- Clean out your gardens and annual beds of leaves and debris and cut down any perennial plants. Also, be sure to rake any leaves that have fallen in your yard.
- Clean out your gutters.
- Do a check of the outside of your home. Look for any loose siding, cracks or anything that is not sitting where it should be.
- Trim any tree branches that may sit over your house, driveway or deck. The heavy snow will weigh them down and can cause damage to whatever is underneath them.
- Drain all your garden hoses and blow out the water lines if you have an in-ground sprinkler system.
- Insulate your attic.
There you have it! A few ways to help winterize your home this year. We wish everyone a safe and happy winter – when it gets here, of course.