Winterizing Your Home Checklist
Late fall is the best time to winterize your home. Cozy blankets and hot drinks help, but insulating your home early can cut energy spending and keep you warm all winter. Vulnerable areas like windows, doors, and plumbing can leak heat, leaving you chilly all season. With a little maintenance, you can keep the warm air in and Jack Frost out. Follow this checklist to winterize your home, save money, and stay cozy.
Caulk Windows & Doors
Cracks around the windows and door-frames can leak heat and let the cold in. Caulking is a quick and affordable way to make sure everything is sealed tight.
Add Window Insulation
Plastic wrapping for the windows keeps the warm air in your home from escaping. Simply measure your windows and apply the cling wrap to stay toasty.
Apply Weather Stripping
Weather stripping foam or plastic clings to your doors and windows. It creates a barrier around the frame that keeps the cold out and the heat in.
Buy a Draft Stopper
Kill the draft from the door with sweeps and draft stoppers. They require no maintenance skills and come in different shapes and styles to match your decor.
Change Air & Furnace Filters
Air and furnace filters keep the air clean and your house toasty. They only take a few minutes to replace, so do it regularly for a cozy winter.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
It may feel strange to use your ceiling fan in the winter but reversing the blades changes the airflow to move heat effectively and lower your energy needs.
Clean the Chimney & Woodstove
If you have a chimney or a wood burning stove, clean it out before winter hits. Creosote buildup affects the air quality and creates a fire hazard.
Turn Down the Water Heater Temperature
Love warm showers but hate high energy bills? Lower the water heater to 120 degrees to save money and energy.
Check the Attic Insulation
Attic insulation keeps the heat in your house but can wear down over time. Home insulation can be hazardous, so it's smart to consult a professional.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats make controlling the heat in your house easier. They're also affordable and take a few minutes to install. Just check your home's wiring for compatibility.
Insulate Your Pipes
Insulating your pipes protects your plumbing from the cold and saves you energy. Be sure to wrap warm pipes for the best results.
Plug in Space Heaters
Space heaters get warm almost instantly and many models are portable. Keep one by your bed, the couch, or anywhere you want to snuggle up.
Drain AC, Sprinklers & Hoses
Draining your AC in the fall helps it work better next summer. Take in your hoses and sprinklers to store over the winter to extend their lifetime too.
Clean Gutters & Downspouts
Clogged gutters can get heavy with snow and ice over the winter. Prevent ice dams and icicles by cleaning out the gutter and downspout early.
Test Snow Blowers & Winter Yard Tools
Shoveling snow manually is hard work, so make sure your snow blower and other yard tools are in fighting shape for the winter.
When in doubt, get cozy.
After winterizing your home, winterize your wardrobe by taking the sweaters, hats, and gloves out of storage. Blankets, comforters, and duvets are also great for winter snuggling.