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Blog Sep 18, 2013

6 Tips for Winterizing Your Home


Is it really time to start thinking about winter already?

It is!

Where did the year go?

Time passes by fast, but you don’t want it to pass by so fast that you suddenly find yourself in the middle of winter freezing inside of your home or experiencing astronomically high energy bills!

Instead of facing that nasty consequence, take action now so you’re ready for winter once it hits.  Follow these 6 steps to make sure your home’s as ready for winter as it can be:

1. Clean your gutters

Wait a minute – cleaning your gutters helps winterize your home?  It doesn’t make sense at first, but what can happen is that your drains clog, dam water up, and then that water freezes.  That frozen water backs up water which hasn’t yet frozen and ultimately, water leaks into your house.

2. Block any air leaks

They’re easier to find than you might think.  Inside of your home, you’ll notice some areas where it feels drafty.  Light an incense stick and hold it up in these areas.  You’ll notice the smoke drifting outward towards the location of the holes in your walls.  Apply caulk to those leaky areas.  Place door sweeps beneath exterior doors.

3. Insulate the attic

It costs a little money, but you make the money back fast.  You should have a minimum of 12 inches of insulation in your attic.  Take a walk around up there.  If the insulation isn’t deeper than the joists, it’s not deep enough.

4. If you have central heating…

Make sure the ductwork is connected and insulated like it should be.  If it’s not, you can lose up to 60% of the heated air before it reaches its final destination.  Imagine that – 60 cents of every dollar going to waste!

5. Reverse the ceiling fan

Warm air rises, but it doesn’t do you any good by sitting near the top of your ceiling.  Make sure your ceiling fans are pushing air downward to the floor where you and your family are.

6. Wrap your pipes

Ever have a frozen pipe burst in the middle of the night?  If you don’t want to experience that, wrap your pipes with foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass insulation.  It’s easy enough to find either at your local hardware store.  Pipes that pass through unheated crawlspaces, basements, or garages are the prime candidates.

It’s Never Too Early to Start Thinking about Winterizing

By the time you actually start following through on winterizing, winter will almost be here.  Life moves by quickly and emergencies happen, so start planning your actions now before you entirely forget about winterizing.

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