There is no doubt that the past few winters have been nothing short of a freezing, grey, and snowy mess. This coming winter is predicted to be cold and snowy. That’s why this winter, like every winter, it’s important to remember to be prepared not only with hats and gloves, but also with winterizing your home.
There are many things you can do to get your house ready for the winter. It’s important to stick to a few basics.
- We recommend checking your heating system before the cold comes to make sure it is running properly and no repairs are needed.
- Drafts near doors and windows can be blocked using caulk, weather stripping, or a draft snake.
- If you use a furnace, don’t forget to check the filters to see if replacement is needed.
- Clean your gutters before the winter season. If you’re a little arthritic or over the hill, ask the grandkids or a neighbor to help.
- Make sure you have sufficient insulation in your attic and any other problem areas. The recommended amount is about 12 inches.
- To prevent pipes from freezing, insulate exposed piping with pipe wrap or insulating tape.
- If you have a chimney, check to make sure the draft is clear and if it needs to be professionally cleaned.
- Drain your garden hose and disconnect it.
- Ensure that your roof is in good condition.
- Be safe.