Our Top 10 Home Winterization Tips

It’s that time of year again! As the cold weather, snow, and ice overtake the environment we are all grateful to have a cozy place to stay warm. However, keeping our homes warm can cost a pretty pretty, with many spending hundreds if not thousands on oil, gas, and electric heating costs.

Making your home ready to deal with the cold is one of best ways to stay warm while cutting down on heating costs. This includes everything from changing your windows to simply remembering to turn down the temperature on your water heater. Take a look at our 12 winterization tips for your home.

  1. Drain A/C lines, hoses, etc, to prevent them from freezing.
  2. Top off the insulation in your walls near the tops (tends to sag down over time), prevents ice dams and heat loss (gov will reimburse 10% of cost up to $500).
  3. Use draft snakes for the bottoms of your doors to reduce energy costs (5-30% of energy waste prevented).
  4. Turn down the temperature on your water heater; they’re programmed for excess, unnecessary heat that wastes money.
  5. Insulate windows with plastic to prevent heat loss.
  6. Insulate the pipes– reduces costs of hot water and helps prevent frozen pipes.
  7. Get a programmable thermostat to prevent excess heat in your home.
  8. The chimney wastes a ton of heat! If not in use, put a chimney balloon up to prevent your home’s heat from escaping up the chimney.
  9. Clean your gutters and downspouts before winter starts (for the same reason as Tip #1)!
  10. Replace the filter in your furnace periodically (improves efficiency and safety).




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