Exercise, getting good sleep, eating well, laughing at yourself – there are some things in life that might not initially feel worthwhile, but we truly know they are. Taking care of your home can feel like a chore (I mean it’s the immediate image in my head when I think of a chore), but the effort at the end of the day will come back to us in spades. It’s important for people to know the condition and health of their home, so winterizing your house is not only a good way to maintain your house but it serves also as a periodic check-up so that you don’t miss something that could otherwise grow into a larger problem. Read over this little list and start putting a few items on your calendar, or in your reminders on your phone. You won’t regret it!
Make sure your home is safeguarded against subfreezing temperatures. Our checklist will help you ensure you’re prepared.
- Protect Your Pipes
Depending on the region of the United States you’re in, you’ll need to protect your pipes from bursting this winter.
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- Time to Weatherproof
Weatherstripping or installing storm doors and windows will prevent cold air from entering your home or heat from escaping it, which will reduce your power bills.
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- Check your Fireplace
Animal nests or creosote buildup in your fireplace can be hazardous. Have an annual inspection before building your first fire of the season.
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- Block the Cold
Caulk around windows and use foam outlet protectors to prevent cold air from entering your home. However, the majority of heat loss typically occurs via openings in the attic. Check to make sure that you have enough insulation.
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- Change Your Thermostat
Have you switched out your thermostat to a programmable version? If not, add this one to your list. A programmable thermostat lets you customize your heating so the system doesn’t run when you don’t need it. You can program the thermostat for one temperature when you’re at home and another when you’re away.
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- Protect Your Plants
You’ll need to bring plants and flowering trees inside before the first cold snap. Typically, you should bring your plants in before temperatures dip below 45 degrees.
Winterize Your Garden
Understanding Frost and Freeze Dates
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- Bring in the Outdoors
Cold temperatures, snow and ice can damage outdoor furniture and grills. If possible, store them in the garage or basement. If you have a gas grill with a propane tank, close the tank valve and disconnect the tank first. It must be stored outside. If you don’t have storage space for your items, purchase covers to protect them from the elements. You also need to maintain your grill and cover it before putting it away for the season.
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- Maintain your Outdoor Equipment
Outdoor power equipment such as mowers and string trimmers need to be cleaned and maintained prior to storing them. If you have a snow blower, it’s time to inspect it before the first snowfall to ensure it’s working properly. This is also a good time to stock up on ice melt.
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- Save on Your Energy Bills
Call your local power company to see if they conduct energy saving assessments. It’s often a free service in which a representative will identify specific changes to make your home more energy efficient and save you money. In addition to the suggestions above, LED light bulbs and hot water heater blankets can also make a difference.
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