- Furnace tune-up – This one’s easy. All you have to do is make a phone call to your HVAC professional and schedule a time for them to come out. An annual tune-up keeps your furnace running efficiently. If you’re handy, you can do some furnace maintenance yourself.
- Check your plumbing – Do you have any plumbing in a cold basement or unheated crawlspace? This might not be top-of-mind when you consider how to winterize your home, as it doesn’t directly relate to maintaining a warm and cozy space, but it is important as the temperature drops. Wrap these pipes with pipe insulation, including heat cable under the insulation to avoid frozen or burst pipes.
- Check for air leaks – If your house feels drafty, check the weather-stripping around doors. It might be time to replace it.
- Prevent ice dams – Making sure attic vents are clear and install heat cable on the roof to help keep ice dams from forming.
- Check your roof – Loose or missing shingles invite roof leaks due to melting snow. This can be done with a quick visual inspection.
- Add insulation – An extra layer of insulation in attics or crawlspaces can pay huge dividends in energy savings.
- Clean gutters – Leaves and debris in gutters and downspouts restricts the flow of water from melting snow. This leads to ice build-up in the gutters and eventually ice dams.
- Start up your snow blower – The first blizzard is not the time to make sure your snow blower is in good working order.
- Stock up on salt and sand – When thinking about how to winterize your home, consider the safety of the people who’ll be using your sidewalks. Be ready with salt or a DIY ice melting compound and sand for traction.