Winterizing your home will make for a cozy winter and protect your home. It’s a great idea to give your home a look over and fix any potential problems before the temperatures drop. Here’s a handy checklist we made to help you winterize your home this Fall.
Here’s a more detailed breakdown from the checklist:
Windows & Doors
Make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed and efficient for the winter. Not only will this save you money on heating costs, but it will also protect your home from rot and damage due to condensation and freezing. Plus, who doesn’t like a cozy windowsill! Take a look at all of your windows and doors. Look for cracks, chipping paint, and weatherstripping wear. It’s also a good idea to test for drafts. Here’s an easy draft test you can do. Replace weather stripping & re-caulk gaps as needed. Apply a fresh coat of paint or sealant if you see weathering on the framing surface. Consider replacing old windows or installing storm windows to save on heating costs. Also, try these quick fixes for drafty windows.
Walkways & Entryways
Walk around the walkways and look for cracks and uneven terrain. Tree roots can push up walkways and pavement, creating a tripping hazard. Repair issues before winter to prevent icy falls. Make sure your railings are sturdy and not wobbly. Get the shovels out and place one by each entryway along with a container of ice melt for safer & hassle free snow removal.
Make sure all exterior lighting is functioning properly and replace bulbs if needed. LED bulbs are the best choice for longevity & energy savings. Make sure all the walkways are well lit. Add some pathway lights if needed to help visitors see the path on snowy nights.
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Pipes & Faucets
Drain and turn off outdoor faucets and irrigation systems. If you have an older type of outdoor faucet that isn’t freezeproof, then cover it with a styrofoam faucet cover. Insulate exposed pipes in your home to prevent condensation & freezing and improve efficiency.
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Insulate, insulate, insulate! Properly insulating your house is the best thing you can do to keep your home energy efficient, warm, and well maintained. Utilize weatherstripping in doorways & windows. Apply plastic sheeting or storm windows to single pane windows. Fill cracks and drafts with caulk, foam board, or insulation. Use insulating covers on light switches and outlets.
Heating & Ventilation
Schedule a professional to maintain your furnace and heating system, especially if it’s acting up or noisy. A faulty furnace can be a carbon monoxide risk, and may not heat as efficiently. You don’t want to be caught off guard mid winter with a broken furnace. Replace air filters and clean ducts. Remove window air conditioners and cover standing air conditioning units. Examine attic & basement vents and fix any leaks. Make sure all exterior vents are covered with cages or grates to prevent critters from entering.
Test smoke detectors & CO detectors. Replace old fire extinguishers. If you have a fireplace, have it cleaned of soot & creosote residue, and make sure the flue is clear. Fireplace residue is a fire hazard, and it’s important to have fireplaces cleaned periodically even if you don’t use it often. Prevent brush fires by removing dried yard debris away from the home into a compost pile or yard waste bags. Tip: Did you know James Hardie Siding is extremely fire resistant? https://www.opalexteriors.com/locations/naperville
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