Winterizing Your Home
Updated: Dec 12, 2019
Winter is coming or its already here in some areas in the US, and there's nothing we can do about it besides being prepared for the cold and snowy weather. Remember the polar vortex last year? Were you prepared for the weather? Maybe you were, but what about your home? Winterizing your home may not be on the absolute top of your list of things to get done before the holiday, but trust us when we say that you won't regret doing these steps to prepare yourself and your home for Winter.
First, start outside
Be sure to clean out the gutters of all debris and position downspouts away from the homes foundation.
Also, check your trees. Cut away tree branches that hang over your house. Snow buildup on the branches can cause them to break and possibly damage something on your home. If there are trees near your home that are old or dead, cut them down. Again, you do not want them to fall onto your home during blizzard weather. Plus, this means extra wood for a fireplace! (if you have one!)
Check the windows for leaks
Windows and doors with gaps around the frames can leak in cold air. If your windows and doors are leaking in air, self-sticking weatherstripping can be a useful tool to close of the air flow.
Protect the Pipes
New home or old, you want to be sure to pay attention to the water lines in your home. Found in a crawl space or an attic, the water lines should be wrapped in insulation with heat tape. Make sure the heat tape is working and if there are any vents in the room, close them to protect the water lines from the cold air.
Add a Little Humidity to the Air
We all know winter can be uncomfortably dry. From dry skin to static in the hair or clothes, using humidifiers will not only help with this but it will also help with resetting the humidity levels in the home. Doing this will also keep frost from forming on the windows.
Check the Faucets
Frozen pipes are not fun, at all. So to avoid that, we recommend letting a small trickle of water to run from your faucet to keep the water moving.
Another thing to do is keep a cabinet door slightly open to let the warm air in the room circulate around the pipes.
Save More, Heat Less
Everyone loves to save money over the holidays and of course, any time. Especially on a heating bill! Set your thermostat lower during the day while at work and during the evening when everyone is in bed and under the covers. While at home, set the thermostat to your normal comfortable temperature.
Another tip: If you would like to set your thermostat one to two degrees lower than your average temperature, cook with your oven when making dinner! When you are done with the oven, keep the door open and let the heat rise and circulate in the room.