With the temperature dropping, it’s clear that winter is just around the corner. For homeowners, this signals that it is time to prepare your home for the colder months ahead. Winterizing your home not only keeps you comfortable but also protects your investment. Here are five essential steps to get your home winter-ready.
1. Insulate to Keep the Warmth In
What to Do: Check your home’s insulation, especially in areas like the attic, basement, and crawl spaces. Good insulation keeps the heat inside and reduces your heating bills.
How to Do It: Add extra insulation if needed. Consider materials like fibreglass, cellulose, or foam depending on the area you need to insulate. Don’t forget to insulate your pipes to prevent freezing.
2. Seal Drafts and Leaks
What to Do: Identify and seal any drafts or leaks around windows, doors, and electrical outlets.
How to Do It: Use weather stripping or caulk to seal gaps. For large gaps, expanding foam can be easy and effective. Also, consider using draft stoppers at the base of doors to keep the cold air out.
3. Service Your Heating System
What to Do: Ensure your heating system is in top working order.
How to Do It: Schedule a professional service for your furnace or heating system. Replace filters, and if you have a chimney, have it cleaned and inspected. We have connections to the best in the business – if you’re looking for a referral give us a call today!
4. Prepare for Snow and Ice
What to Do: Get ready to deal with snow and ice around your property.
How to Do It: Invest in a good-quality snow shovel or a snow blower. Stock up on eco-friendly de-icing salt. Make sure your gutters are clean to prevent ice dams.
5. Emergency Preparedness
What to Do: Prepare for potential winter emergencies like power outages.
How to Do It: Create an emergency kit with flashlights, batteries, blankets, first-aid supplies, and non-perishable food items. If you have a generator, ensure it’s in working order and that you have fuel on hand.
Winterizing your home is a proactive approach to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the cold months. Taking these steps will protect your home and will also save on energy costs. Stay warm and secure this winter by preparing your home today!