Winterizing your home is important. Here’s what to keep in mind:
No Frozen Pipes. Pipes are key and must be winterized. Many are aware of the disaster of frozen pipes. Worst case scenario, burst pipes could cause substantial water damage to your property. Insulating your pipes, or shutting off the water if it’s just a vacation property, is an easy proactive measure that could potentially save you thousands.
A quick way to check if your pipes need insulating is to see if they feel warm to the touch. If you can feel heat coming off the pipe, then it is certain that both heat (and money) is being lost and that your pipes are at risk of freezing.
Winterize Cooling Units. Make sure that all units are drained of water, including any hoses and pipes. Check to see if there’s a water shutoff valve, too. If your property has window units, the most energy efficient thing to do is to remove them and store them properly.
Don’t Forget Your Sprinkler System! Frozen water can damage sprinkler systems as well, and it’s something that can be easily overlooked. Make sure the system is free of any water.
Opt for Storm Doors and Windows. Installing storm doors and windows can significantly increase the energy efficiency of your home, by adding that extra layer of insulation. As an added bonus, it’ll give your home more curb appeal! They may also be easily replaced with screens come summer.
Drafty House? Does your house feel especially drafty in certain areas? Check for drafts where different home materials meet, inside and out, like along the edges of windows, doors, and chimneys. Caulk and weather-stripping are low cost, effective options.
Run Fans in Reverse. Switch your fans to run clockwise. Warm air rises, so use your ceiling fans to draw the warmer air back down.
Insulate, Insulate, Insulate. Don’t waste money by running your heating system nonstop. Make sure your house is properly insulated and effectively holding heat inside. Major areas of heat loss include the attic floor and basement ceiling, so check to see if those are well insulated.
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