Getting your home ready for winter is important no matter where you live, whether you need to prepare for heavy rains and wind storms or freezing temperatures and feet of snow. Keeping your home safe and comfortable for your family is made easier by paying attention to key features that are susceptible to winter weather changes.
When the storms and foul weather of winter arrive, you’ll want to know that your home is prepped to meet any challenge.
Winterizing Your Home
When the storms and foul weather of winter arrive, you’ll want to know that your home is prepped to meet any challenge. Winterizing will prevent problems and improve efficiency, saving you time and money all season long.
Trouble Areas: gutters, siding, roof, chimney
Consequences: ice dams in gutters, water damage, chimney fires from clogged soot
Diagnosis: To check on your chimney, scratch the surface over the damper. If the groove is 1/8 in thick or greater, get a cleaning.
Trouble Areas: outdoor spigots, pipes in uninsulated areas (attics, garages)
Consequences: burst pipes, more energy and money used to heat water
Solution: Use pre-slit foam to insulate pipes. Wrap spigots with Styrofoam or other insulating weather-resistant material.
Trouble Areas: garage doors, windows & doors, duct work
Consequences: over-worked furnace, discomfort, high utility bills
Diagnosis: Identify drafts by using smoke tests near doors and windows. Use infrared technology to scan your house for heat loss.
Solution: Re-seal doors and windows, replace single pane windows with double pane versions, keep your garage door closed and repair any holes or tears in duct work.
Trouble Areas: dying annuals, fragile plants & herbs, invasive weeds
Consequences: messy yard, dead plants, established weeds
Solution: Remove dead annuals, kill invasive weeds before they establish themselves, and cover potted plants with plastic or bring them indoors.
Resources – eLocal Expert Network, yale.edu, bbb.org