Getting nervous for those freezing floors first thing in the morning and drafty air in the evening? With fall on the way, this is the perfect time to get your home ready for the cold weather and prevent those uncomfortable changes from affecting your house. Get the indoors and outdoors in shape with these five smart ways to winterize your home.
Clean your gutters.
Crispy falling leaves and wet weather are on their way in. Make sure your home is properly prepared for the fall and winter climate changes by cleaning out your gutters and getting a fresh start, free of leafy build-up. Carefully brave this challenge yourself, with the proper safety precautions and tools, or call in an expert to get the job done.
Deal with drafts.
Find places where your warm air may be escaping—and the outdoor chill taking its place—by feeling around door frames and window sills for airflow. Seal any leaks in doors and windows with caulk or weather stripping.
Protect your pipes.
Burst pipes are a wintertime nightmare that absolutely no one wants to deal with. Safeguard your home from that messy catastrophe by simply insulating your pipes with foam or even cut pool noodles.
Insulate your home.
This might sound like overkill, but insufficient insulation is responsible for your home’s biggest energy costs. Insulating doesn’t have to overwhelm you if you tackle it using a smart step-by-step, top-to-bottom plan. Try our insulation guide for a full home insulation check-up and upgrade.
Change your furnace filters.
It’s a good idea to have a professional come and check your furnace or boiler before the cold weather creeps in. At the very least, be sure to replace your furnace filters for better warm air flow throughout your home.