Winterize your home this winter.

17 Ways to Winterize Your Home

Posted by on Wednesday, October 25th, 2023 in In the community

Feel the chill in the air? That means the colder weather is coming in, and now’s no better time to winterize your home! Doing so keeps it comfortable, energy-efficient, and protected from the frigid temperatures. Below, we outline the essential measures you can implement to enjoy a cozy living space during the cold months.

How to Winterize Your Home

1) Check and Seal Drafts. Check for drafts around your windows and doors. Replace worn weatherstripping, apply caulk, and use draft stoppers on doors if needed. You may also want to install storm windows and doors for added protection.

2) Insulate Your Attic and Walls. Ensure your house has sufficient insulation by insulating the attic and walls to avoid heat loss. Consider adding insulation to crawl spaces and basement walls.

3) Service Your Heating System. Have your heating system serviced by a professional and have them replace or clean the air filters as required. Ensure your system is running efficiently.

4) Seal Your Air Ducts. It’s essential to seal any gaps or leaks in your heating system’s air ducts using mastic sealant or foil tape to improve energy efficiency.

5) Install a Programmable Thermostat. Consider installing a programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature and save on heating costs. You can program it to reduce the temperature when you’re away or asleep.

6) Protect Your Pipes. Insulate exposed water pipes to prevent freezing. Use pipe insulation or heat tape in areas prone to freezing.

7) Inspect Your Roof and Gutters. Inspect your roof for damaged shingles or leaks. Clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage and prevent ice dams.

8) Clean Your Chimney and Fireplace. Have a professional clean and inspect your chimney. Install a chimney cap to prevent drafts and debris while using your fireplace screen to improve safety.

9) Close Off Unused Rooms. Close doors to unused rooms to reduce the area you need to heat. It can save you energy and money.

10) Test Your Smoke Detectors. If necessary, replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

11) Adjust Your Ceiling Fans. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans to push warm air down from the ceiling.

12) Seal Foundation Cracks. Inspect your home’s foundation for cracks and seal them to prevent cold air from entering.

13) Winterize Your Window Coverings. Use thermal curtains or blinds to insulate windows. They help keep warm air in and cold air out.

14) Set a Safe Backup Heating Source. In case of power outages or heating system failure, have a safe backup heating source like a space heater or generator. Do not use the latter indoors, however, as it can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

15) Prepare Your Outdoor Equipment. Don’t forget outside, too! Drain and store outdoor hoses. Winterize your sprinkler system. Service your snow blower and make sure you have shovels, ice melting, and snow removal tools on hand.

16) Create An Emergency Kit. Assemble an emergency kit with essentials like non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, blankets, and a first-aid kit in case of severe winter storms.

17) Perform Landscape Maintenance. Trim tree branches that could fall on your home due to snow or ice accumulation. Remove dead or weak limbs to prevent damage.

With these steps, you’ll be ready for whatever challenges you’ll face during the coming winter.

Contact Purofirst of Metropolitan Washington For Your Winter Restoration Needs

At Purofirst of Metropolitan Washington, we understand the stress winter can bring. That’s why you can rely on us and our wide range of services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our skilled technicians can handle any emergency, ensuring your property can withstand winter’s freeze and any damage it causes. Please get in touch with us at (800) 500-2399 or send us a message for more information today.



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