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Winterizing Your Home
Winterizing Your Home
I know we don't want to think about it yet, but it's time to start winterizing your home. The temperature is getting cooler and before you know it, the snowflakes will start to fly. So you better be ready, and your home better be ready for when the time comes.
Here's 11 things you should do before winter comes (plus one bonus!):
1. Clean Your Gutters
Rain and snow need to flow freely through your gutters to prevent icicles and ice damns from forming.
2. Flush Your Water Heater
Clear out particles and sediment that have collected in the bottom of the water heater. Here's a video showing you how: How to Drain a Water Heater
3. Change Your Fans to go Clockwise
Keep your air moving through the house, but change them to rotate clockwise so the hot air will be pushed along the ceiling towards the floor.
4. Change Out Your Filters
Change the filters in your central air and heating system to improve efficiency and longevity.
5. Insulate Your Windows
Get a window insulation film kit from Menards, Target or any other home improvement store. This can keep up to 70 percent of your heat inside the home!
6. Get Draft Guards
Draft guards are placed under your door to keep heat inside the home. You could also use a rolled up towel, but draft guards are fairly inexpensive and more hidden.
Here's an example of a draft guard:
7. Add Weatherstrip Tape
Place weatherstripping tape to windows and doors to seal them tight and keep out drafts and cold air.
8. Fiberglass Insulation
This might be extreme, but it will lower your heating bills. Pack fiberglass insulation around basement door, windows in rooms that are not used, your attic floor, and window AC units. Be careful with insulation. Read any safety guidelines.
9. Install a Programmable Thermostat
Save energy and money by getting a programmable thermostat - you can get one for as little as $20! Program your thermostat to lower your heat when you're going to be gone during the day or when you're sleeping. Then program it to be nice and toasty when you come home or get out of bed. The US Department of Energy says you can save as much as one percent on your energy bill for every degree you lower your home's temp during the winter.
10. Use Caulk
Fill any gaps in your siding, windows or doors with caulk. Check both the inside and outside of your home.
11. Install a Chimney Balloon
This is for homes with fireplaces. If you're not using your fireplace, plug the chimney with a chimney balloon to keep drafts out and keep your heat in.
*12. BONUS: Put up Your Christmas Lights
If you're like me, this is DONE. But that's because I left them up from last year....