The cold weather months are fast approaching and people are scrambling frantically to prepare, trying to locate warm coats, hats, gloves and scarves to protect themselves from the coming winter months. Unfortunately most do not take these same precautions with their homes. Google “winterizing your home” and your search will result in countless of articles and YouTube videos. We have come up with our own list of how to weatherproof your home on the outside and on the inside.
- Make sure the roof is clear of debris and no shingles are missing.
- Make sure the areas around chimneys and vents are clear and free of any obstructions.
- Clean gutters surrounding the roof, make sure downspouts are angled away from your home, and are free of any obstructions.
- Check for gaps around windows and doors and fill any gaps with expand foam insulation.
- Drain the water from garden hoses and DON’T FORGET to turn off the outside water valve.
- Make sure your air condition unit is well covered and protected from snow and ice.
- Make sure your Thermostat works properly. Experts say to replace older models with new programmable ones which allow you to program different temp thorough out the day. This can save you up to 10% on your winter heating bills.
- Look for air gaps around windows and doors. (Most sources suggest using a lit candle on a windy day.) Fill in any cracks and gaps with spray foam and weather stripping.
- Cover windows with shades, shutters or blinds.
- Make sure your water heater is covered with an insulated blanket.
- Make the insulation in your attic is topped. Experts claim this is where most home loose heat.
Following any and all of these steps will help to keep your warm and safe for the coming winter months.