10 Tips for Winterizing Your Home
With Fall in full swing and winter around the corner now is the perfect time to winterize your home. I have put together 10 of my favourite go tos on a list for you. This along with regular maintenance can reduce heating costs and keep your home safe this winter.
- Check your attic, crawl space and basement. While looking make sure you check for signs of water, places where you can see light through or cracks forming. Catching these things sooner than later can save you thousands.
- Take a walk around your home and look at the foundation and siding. Holes and cracks should be filled to keep water out and your house in tip-top shape.
- Check for “air leaks.” On a windy day, see if you can find any gusts of cold air. Finding them and plugging them up will keep you warm and reduce your bill.
- Make sure to clear all grates and drains of obstructions so rainwater doesn’t build up.
- Clean your gutters. Make sure there is no debris in them and they are all secured properly and leak-free.
- Try your green thumb on some indoor plants. This helps purify the air while all your windows are shut up.
- Have a furnace or fireplace? Get it serviced and to get your air ducts cleaned to make sure you don’t get too warm!
- Install a door sweep on all of your exterior doors. If you feel a draft coming from under your door a door sweep will fix that in a jiffy.
- Check the weather stripping around all of your exterior doors. This can get old and degrade with time, and can get torn. Keeping these in good working order will keep the seal on your door strong.
- If you have an attached garage, keeping it warm to can save on your heating bill. Since the garage normally shares a wall with a living room or kitchen, it’s better to keep both rooms warm so your furnace isn’t always fighting again the cold breeze.