How to winterize your home
Dec 6th, 2018 | By FCT
Although the official first day of winter has not yet arrived, it’s undisputable, the cold weather is here. So we thought we’d share our tips to help you stay warm and save money in the winter months ahead.
- It’s important to start from the outside-in. Make sure to clean your gutters and downspouts, and check them regularly to prevent ice dams from forming.
- When the temperature drops, the water in your pipes will expand; this could cause significant damage. To avoid this, drain the water, remove any hoses and turn off outdoor taps, including your outdoor sprinkler system, to protect your pipes from bursting.
- Close and seal any vents, furnace ducts and fireplace dampers to keep the heat in and cold air out of your home. Leaky heating ducts can result in higher utility bills and make it harder to keep your home warm when you need it most. And even though you’re most likely to use your fireplace in the winter, be sure to close the damper when it’s not in use.
- Installing a programmable thermostat will help heat your home most efficiently while you are out of the house or sleeping. And simple things like weather stripping your doors and windows and using window coverings like blinds and curtains will keep the heat in and your bills down.
- Stocking up on cold-weather essentials will save you time and stress when that messy weather hits. Head to your local store and pick up some ice melt and other winter supplies beforehand. It’s also a good idea to keep extra water and non-perishable foods in storage, in case you can’t leave your home.
What are your tips for preparing for the winter? Share them in the comments section below.