How to Winterize Your Home (And When to Call an Expert)January 2024
Winter can be hard on your home. But by checking off some home maintenance tasks in fall and early winter, you can be sure your home is ready to weather the cold.
Between rain, snow, and extreme temperatures, even small issues can add up to large and costly problems if left unattended. Here are a few things you can do in fall and early winter to ensure your home is properly winterized before the cold season sets in.
Clean out your gutters
Check all the pipes to prevent freezing
Check weather stripping
Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit
Even if your home is properly winterized, you could still lose power during a bad storm and roads could be treacherous. Make sure you have enough food, water, medicine, batteries, and other supplies to last a few days. Many camping and outdoor stores offer pre-made 72-hour kits.
When to bring in the experts
Have your heating system inspected
- Checking for carbon monoxide
- Cleaning and replacing air filters
- Checking blower operation
- Cleaning motor and fan
- Inspecting gas piping to furnace
Inspect and shut down your air conditioning
- Drain any pipes or hoses coming from your air conditioner
- Vacuum out any pools of water you have in the A/C’s drain pan
- Cover your central air unit with a plastic air conditioner cover to keep water and snow out
Trim trees and vines
Keep your fireplace working safely
Stay safe and cozy at home this winter
Follow these thoughtful tips and you should be able to ride out the worst of “Old Man Winter” without any serious trouble.
The information we share on our site is intended to serve as a general overview. Please refer to your policy or contact your local independent agent for specific coverage details.
Source: "11 Ways to Winterize Your Home on a Budget." BobVila, accessed October 2023.
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