To winterize your home means to protect your home from the weather during the winter. It’s important to make sure that there are no leaks from the interior to the exterior through locations such as the furnace, windows, chimneys, and pipes. Make sure that your fire alarms are working, as well as insulating common things that may be affected by the weather such as water heaters and pipes. Ducts often need to be cleaned and insulated as well.
- Make sure you have adequate insulation in the attic, around the water heater, and around pipes.
- Storm windows are useful, but a cheaper option is a plastic sheeting kit and a hair dryer.
- Clean out the gutters, as clogged gutters can cause ice jams.
“Check the most common areas that leak, such as recessed lighting, window frames, doorframes, attic hatch, plumbing and electrical bypasses in the attic, and electrical outlets. Use weather-stripping, door sweeps, foam, and caulk to seal up the leaks.”