Winterize Your Home

January 9, 2023

Winter is almost here. Is your home ready? If not, it's time to get started. But why? Why do we need to winterize our homes? Today, we will explain the steps to winterizing your home and why each step matters.

Winterizing your home is a great way to ensure that it's comfortable, safe, and energy-efficient during the colder months ahead. It also helps to prevent damage from moisture and cold temperatures. Taking care of these tasks now will save you time, money, and headache in the future. So let's look at some of the steps you can take to winterize your home.

10 Steps To Winterizing Your Home

1. Inspect your windows and doors for air leaks

Winter winds can bring cold air into your home, which will lead to higher energy bills. You should check all the seals around doors and windows for any gaps or cracks and use caulking or weather-stripping to seal them up.

2. Clean gutters & downspouts

Winter rains and melting snow can cause water to back up in your gutters, which can lead to expensive repairs if not addressed. Clean out all the debris from your gutters and make sure downspouts are properly extended away from the foundation of your home.

3. Check plumbing for leaks

Winter temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and burst, leading to costly repairs. Before winter arrives, check your plumbing for any leaks that could lead to problems later on.

4. Winterize outdoor faucets & hoses

Winter temperatures can cause outdoor pipes and hoses to freeze solid. When this happens the water expands and can cause your pipes to burst. So make sure you turn off the water supply and drain all remaining water from the pipes.

5. Insulate exposed pipes & fittings

We are expecting colder-than-normal temperatures this season. To avoid exposed pipes freezing, make sure you insulate any exposed pipes and fittings.

6. Have your heating system serviced by a professional

If you didn't have your heating system checked in the fall, it's time to do that now. Having your furnace or boiler inspected and serviced by a professional makes sure it's running safely and efficiently. Doing this may also help your HVAC system to last longer.

7. Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Winter is the best time to check that your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. Replace any batteries if necessary, and also clean off any dust or debris that may be blocking sensors.

8. Winterize your air conditioner

Winter temperatures can damage the condenser unit of your air conditioner if it's not properly winterized. Make sure to cover the condenser with a protective cover and shut off the power to prevent any damage.

9. Ventilate your attic and crawlspace

Winter temperatures can cause excessive moisture buildup in your attic and crawlspace, which can lead to mold growth. Make sure you have adequate ventilation to allow air to circulate and reduce humidity levels.

10. Winterize your lawn & garden

Winter temperatures can cause damage to your plants and landscaping if you have not adequately prepared for the cold weather ahead. Winterize your lawn and garden by covering plants, cutting back trees and shrubs, and cleaning up leaves.

Following these steps to winterize your home is a great way to ensure that it's comfortable, safe, and energy-efficient throughout the colder months ahead. Doing so now will also save you time, money, and hassle from dealing with possible repairs and maintenance issues in the future.

Winterizing your home is an important task for every homeowner, so we hope these tips are helpful! If you need any help, please give us a call at 410-240-5299

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