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16 Tips for Winterizing your Home, Inside and Out
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!