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Tips to winterize your home

  • Katherine Barnett
  • 17 November 2015

Winterizing your home makes your place more energy efficient so you can keep your family warm and toasty without breaking the bank on energy bills. In addition to making your house more energy efficient, winterizing your home also entails doing small chores that will help prevent damage to your home from snow and ice.

It doesn’t take much to get your home ready for Old Man Winter. A single weekend is all you need to properly winterize your home. Below, is a list you can do to ensure you have a warm, safe house this winter and money left in your pocket for holiday shopping.

Water and Air Conditioning Lines

It’s easy to forget these small details, but in order to protect your lines and hoses, take the time to empty and put them away. Any water lines that are left over winter can freeze and rupture, costing you time and money to replace. Instead, shut off your air conditioner for the season, locate outdoor water shutoffs and disconnect hoses. Winter is also a great time to take note of any water leaks that you may have around your home. If you’ve been using a window air conditioner, now is the time to unhook it and put it away, this way you won’t be dealing with drafts all winter long.

Consider Storm Windows

Storm windows are an investment. Simply put, they’re not a simple fix, and they may not be the least expensive solution, but they are well worth the energy. Storm windows and doors allow you to benefit from the light of the day, while blocking out the frigid winds better than regular windows. They’ll also be a good selling feature when you decide to list your home.

Have Your Furnace Checked

Nothing lasts forever. It’s a good idea to have your furnace checked and tuned up, much like your vehicle. Furnaces need to be kept well lubricated, clean and adjusted by a professional on a semi-regular basis. If you keep up with furnace care, you will save heating bills as well as saving yourself the need to completely replace a neglected system.

Use An Energy Monitor

If energy consumption is an issue in your home, you may want to make use of an energy monitor. This device is useful in alerting you to high-use energy habits, which help to make you aware and make changes where needed. This serves as a real-time look at what your family can change, here and now, to ensure that you aren’t paying money that you could use in other places.

Insulate Your Home and Seal Off Ducts

Duct drafts are a huge problem for homeowners. To keep your heat in and the drafts out, be sure to insulate and fill areas around and near ducts which may be stealing your hot air. You can also tackle this problem by adding insulation to your walls and other problem areas in your home. When you take the time to winterize your home, you avoid pricey issues that quickly add up, which also works to your resale benefit.

Wrap your pipes.

Insulating your pipes reduces heat loss and can raise hot water temperatures delivered through your pipes, which allows you to reduce the heat on your boiler. That will save you money on your gas bill and by making your pipes energy efficient, you also don’t have to wait as long for hot water when you turn on the shower, which helps conserve water and time. Wrapping your pipes with insulation will also help prevent your pipes from freezing during those long cold nights. You can get pre-slit pipe foam at the hardware store. Simply cut the foam to the length you need, wrap it around the pipe, and fasten it in place with duct tape.

Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Winter sees an increase in the number of home fires and cases of carbon monoxide poisoning because people are running their furnaces and boilers overtime in order to keep warm. To keep your family safe, check the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and change them if needed.