How to Winterize Your House
This article might have you trembling in your flip-flops that you insist it’s still warm enough to wear. “How to winterize your house”? Surely it can’t be time for that yet! Fortunately, we’re not expecting snowfall and freezing temperatures just yet, but now is a good time to start preparing for the upcoming winter season. That way, when that cold weather does hit, you have a few less things to worry about.
Here are our tips:
1. Clear out your rain gutters
After the last autumn leaves have fallen, you should have the gutters cleaned. This will prevent clogging and will allow melting snow to drain properly.
2. Insulate and drain pipes
If your pipes freeze and burst during the winter, this can be a nightmare to deal with. Prevent this problem by insulating the pipes that could be subject to damage when it’s 32 degrees and below. You should drain the water from the outdoor hoses and sprinkling systems so that they don’t freeze over.
3. Seal up cracks with caulk
This will help prevent the cold air from seeping into your home.
4. Have your heating system checked
Your heating system should be checked at least once a year to make sure that everything is running efficiently so you can stay warm this winter.
5. Install an energy efficient thermostat
By installing an energy efficient thermostat, you could save money on your monthly heating bills. This will further pay off when summer comes again and it helps save you money on your cooling bills.
6. Clean debris from your yard
You don’t want debris trapped under snow or whirled around in a winter storm.
7. Remove and house your hoses
Remove the hose, drain it, and put it away. Finally, make sure to turn off the valves then insulate the faucet.
By implementing these tips, your house will be better prepared for winter and you’ll be better able to enjoy the snow!
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