I don’t know where you live, but if you are anywhere in my part of the world, you have noticed the weather is getting cooler. I finally broke down a few days ago and turned the heater on since it was dropping to the upper 40’s at night. By the end of the month, it will probably hit the freezing mark. Just a glimmer of the cold weather to come once winter gets here.
You may not know this, but there are things you should be doing to prepare your home for winter. Some cost money but will save you money in the long run. Along with helping you to feel more comfortable in your home and safer too.
You need to winterize both in your home and outside your home. We’ll start with what to do outside first:
Winterize Outside Your Home
- Protect any young trees you have by mulching around them.
- Drain your water hoses, then roll them up and put them in your shed or garage.
- Turn off the water to your outside water faucets and install simple insulated faucet covers on them.
- Clean and store your patio furniture.
- Clean out your gutters so they will drain properly.
- Buy your snow shovel and sidewalk salt now, well before you need to use them. Often when there is an actual threat of snow, these items are hard to find in the stores because everyone is buying them then.
- If you have pipes that are either on the exterior of your home or travel through unheated spaces like crawl spaces, it’s a good idea to wrap them in foam that you can get from the hardware store.
- Make an appointment now to have your local chimney sweep to come out and clean out your chimney.
Winterize Inside Your Home
- If you need firewood, buy a good stock of it now.
- Test your smoke alarm and change the batteries if it’s been awhile since they have been changed.
- Install your storm windows and take out the screens and store for the winter.
- Buy insulated or thermal curtains and use them at night. Open them on sunny days to take advantage of the solar heat.
- Reverse your fans. It will cause them to push the warm air down.
- Take a lit candle and hold it near closed windows and doors. If you have a draft, the candle will flicker. These areas are where you need to install some weather stripping or find other ways to fill the gaps.
- Have your furnace cleaned and inspected by a HVAC professional.
- Change the furnace filter every month while it is in use.
- If you need to replace any appliances, choose Energy Start Qualified appliances. You can save up to 30% on your electric bill just by switching to these type of products.
I’m sure there are more good tips out there on winterizing your home and if I have forgotten any that you know of, please share in the comments!