As cold weather approaches it’s important to take a few preventative measures to protect your home through the chilly months. Winterizing is generally a task that can be done relatively inexpensively but will make a big difference in how comfortable your home is, and could end up saving you money on the energy bills too!
EASY HOME WEATHERPROOFING
- clean gutters and downspouts in mid fall
- Replace filter in furnace
- Close any vents in your home that may have been open for the warm weather
- Disconnect hoses from outside faucets and turn off water
- Buy a snow shovel and supplies before the messy weather hits
- Keep extra water and canned food in storage just in case
- Test heating system so that you know it works properly
- Give your deck a fresh coat of sealer to protect it from the winter elements
- Feel around electrical outlets and switch plates for cold air, add insulation where necessary.
- Look around doors and windows for gaps and potential places where warm air can escape
- Caulk or apply weather stripping around problem draft areas
- Have a contractor look for damaged roof shingles and loose gutters
- Have a heating/cooling expert look at your furnace if you are unsure of its efficiency
- Have chimneys and wood stoves cleaned early in season
- Test the flue for each fireplace for a tight seal when closed.
WEATHER PROOF WINDOWS
Though there are many places in the home that heat can escape, and cold air can enter, windows are one of the biggest culprits. In older homes, especially, having weatherproof windows can make a marked difference in our energy cost and how comfortable your living areas feel. In some instances, you might only need a bit of caulk or weather stripping to weatherproof windows but if your windows are well past their prime, consider replacing them with energy efficient double paned windows to create a more efficient space.