Best Tips To Safely Winterize Your House
It’s cold outside, and there’s no better time to get your house in perfect shape for the winter. From weatherproofing to insulating, here are some simple tips on how you can winterize your home and make sure it stays nice and cozy all season long.
Clean out your gutters and make sure they’re draining properly. Check that all of the gutter clips are in place and secure and if you see any leaks, repair or replace them right away.
Examine the roof carefully for loose shingles or flashing. Replace any damaged pieces immediately to prevent leaks into your attic or walls. Clear away any leaves, branches, or other debris that may be clogging up your gutters so they can do their job properly!
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Weatherproof your home by caulking and painting. Replace screens to keep out insects, birds, and rodents. Cover windows and doors with storm window protection kits. Seal air leaks around windows, doors, roofs, and chimneys to keep warm air in during cold temperatures outside the home and help prevent heat loss when it is warm outside the home
Winterize Outdoor Ac Units
You should first check your outdoor unit for leaks. If you find any, you can call an HVAC expert to fix them, or you can use a pipe sealant and epoxy putty to fill the gaps in your system. Cleaning your outdoor AC unit is also critical because it will help prevent the buildup of dirt and debris that could cause damage over time.
Covering the unit with a tarp or plastic sheeting can help protect it from the elements.
Hose bibs are another common source of water leaks. Make sure all hose bibs are turned off, and don’t forget to turn off the water at the main house.
If you have a pool pump, make sure it’s disconnected from its power source before freezing temperatures hit our area!
Insulation is the most important thing you can do. Even if it’s not cold enough to warrant turning on the furnace, heating your house through the winter is still responsible for about half of your energy bill.
It means insulating an attic space that’s not already insulated, as well as your basement and crawlspace. Also, be sure to insulate pipes—it’s easy to forget about them when trying to save money on heating bills.
Check the door and garage door opener to make sure they are in good working order. If you have a manual garage door, check the springs and make sure the door opens and closes smoothly. Clean the track where your garage door runs as well as any other areas that get dirty during normal use. Dirt or grime can affect how well your garage works, especially if it gets caught in between moving parts of your opener or tracks.
Change the filter once a month. A dirty filter can reduce your furnace’s efficiency, and it can even cause malfunction. Change the filters at least twice a year.
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We hope these tips have given you some ideas on how to winterize your home. There are many ways to prepare for the cold weather, so use this article as a starting point and do some research before making any decisions. Don’t use calcium chloride ice melt on our concrete driveway, use Safe Thaw instead.
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