Winterization Checklist: 8 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Winterizing your home sounds like a complicated process, but it’s really a checklist of regular maintenance to prepare for cold weather and higher energy bills. Winterizing your home or vacation home will not only help you reduce energy costs, but will also give you peace of mind in the event of power outages during harsh weather.

Below is a checklist for winterizing your home:

    1. Call an HVAC professional.If you own a furnace, call an HVAC professional to inspect it before you turn it on. The inspection itself costs $100, but it could save you thousands of dollars in repairs—and also your safety. The HVAC professional will check all bells and whistles, and also for carbon monoxide leaks.

 

    1. “Gut” the gutters. Clear your home’s gutters of all leaves and other debris. Clogged gutters can overtime dam up with ice, which could cause water to back up and seep into your home. After cleaning out the leaves, give those gutters a quick rinse with your garden hose. While rinsing, check for any leaks or misaligned pipes.

 

    1. Reverse your ceiling fan. Heat rises, so it makes sense to reverse the direction of your ceiling fan (clockwise) so it pushes warm air downward to recirculate.

 

    1. Replace your lightbulbs with CFLs. CFLs use way less energy than traditional light bulbs, which will in turn save you money. With the price of oil constantly on the rise, every little bit counts!

 

    1. Prepare an emergency kit. Stock up on indoor candles, batteries, bottled water and other essentials in the event of a power shortage. Don’t forget to keep an emergency phone and a written list of phone numbers handy so you can stay in touch.

 

    1. Put on a sweater! Most people familiar with unpredictable Colorado weather know that dressing in layers is always the best way to go. Probably the easiest way to keep warm in your home is to unleash the Cosbys and turn down that thermostat!

 

    1. Wrap those pipes. The humans in the house aren’t the only ones who need to feel warm & toasty. Taking a few minutes to wrap all accessible pipes in your home with fiberglass insulation or other heat-retaining material will ensure your home stays safe in a blizzard. Take this time to also locate your water main valve in case of emergency.

 

  1. Wrap those pipes. The humans in the house aren’t the only ones who need to feel warm & toasty. Taking a few minutes to wrap all accessible pipes in your home with fiberglass insulation or other heat-retaining material will ensure your home stays safe in a blizzard. Take this time to also locate your water main valve in case of emergency.

What are some of your winter preparation tips?

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