Winterizing Must-Do’s

Winterizing Must-Do’s

While temps are pretty mild this time of year, experts say it’s the perfect time to get your home ready for winter. I’ll be honest, there is a lot to do before winter sets in. So plan on devoting a good week to the winterization process. If you do all ten things, you’ll enjoy the winter without fear that something is inevitably going to break down!

Here are ten tips to help you prepare your home for winter:

1) Furnace Inspection

  • Call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean ducts.
  • Stock up on furnace filters and change them monthly.
  • Remove all flammable material from the area surrounding your furnace.

2) Get the Fireplace Ready

  • Cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out rodents and birds.
  • If the chimney hasn’t been cleaned for a while, call a chimney sweep to remove soot.

3) Check the Exterior, Doors and Windows

  • Inspect exterior for crevice cracks and exposed entry points around pipes; seal them.
  • Use weather stripping around doors to prevent cold air from entering the home and caulk windows.
  • Replace cracked glass in windows.

4) Inspect Roof, Gutters & Downspouts

  • If your weather temperature will fall below 32 degrees in the winter, adding extra insulation to the attic will prevent warm air from creeping to your roof and causing ice dams.
  • Check flashing to ensure water cannot enter the home.
  • Replace worn roof shingles or tiles.
  • Clean out the gutters and use a hose to spray water down the downspouts to clear away debris.

5) Prevent Plumbing Freezes

  • Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.
  • Drain all garden hoses.
  • Insulate exposed plumbing pipes.
  • Drain air conditioner pipes and, if your AC has a water shut-off valve, turn it off.
  • If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, set to at least 55 degrees.


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    Comment by Bernard: Jan 16, 2012 at 6:10 AM

    Ensuring things like doorways and windows are properly sealed will save loads of valuable money on your energy bills. Well fitted and maintained double glazed windows will ensure your keep the cold weather outside!

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    Comment by Shine@conservation easements: Jan 31, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    It’s always good to be prepared. Don’t wait till the temperature drops before fixing what needed to be fixed in your house.

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    Comment by Dale@Houston Chimney Cleaning: Jun 1, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Exactly. You should never wait until it is too late and you have to fix things. Prevention is always the best way in the first place.

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    Comment by Bob@Fireplace Shop Bedfordshire: Oct 1, 2012 at 6:45 AM

    It is better to get fireplace and chimney sorted out before the winter. Best in the summer, as fireplace shops and chimney sweeps get very busy in winter. This can mean many cold days waiting to get the jobs done!

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