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16 Tips for Winterizing your Home, Inside and Out
Dated: December 10 2019
We've already seen enough snow and cold temperatures this season to know that winter is here! Is your home protected for the winter? Check out our top 8 indoor and top 8 outdoor tips for winterizing your home.
- Prevent frozen pipes.
- Insulate exposed pipes.
- Be sure you and those who share your home know how to shut off the water supply.
- A licensed plumber can install an emergency pressure release valve to help prevent frozen pipes from bursting.
- Keep warm air in and cold air out. Use weather stripping or other sealing materials around windows, doors and other openings.
- Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries monthly.
- Call your HVAC professional for routine maintenance on your furnace or boiler.
- Have your chimney serviced before using your fireplace for the season.
- Properly insulate your attic for efficiency. No reason to pay to heat a space that no one uses!
- Install gaskets around your electrical outlets. It seems silly, but these little foam-rubber outlet gaskets easily slide in between the outlet and the wall, and they prevent a surprising amount of heat from escaping.
- Reverse your ceiling fan rotation to the clockwise direction to direct warm air back down into the room.
- Clean your gutters. Consider installing gutter guards.
- Stock up on de-icing materials. Avoiding salt? Try kitty litter or one of these alternatives recommended by Mr. Pavement.
- Drain and store your garden hoses for the winter. Shut off and insulate outside faucets.
- Caulk holes around hoses, windows, doors, and where the siding meets the foundation.
- Store or cover outdoor furniture.
- Maintain, store or cover grills. For gas grills, be sure to close the tank valve on the propane tank and disconnect the tank before storing it.
- Maintain and store lawnmowers and trimmers for the winter.
- Prepare your snow blower for the season. Check the oil and gas levels.
Once your home is cold-weather ready, talk to your insurance agent to ensure that your policy covers winter-weather catastrophes, like burst pipes.
Questions about protecting your home? Thinking about moving? Give your LW Reedy agent a call today!