TIPS TO WINTERIZE YOUR HOME
Before the first snowfall here is a checklist of some things you should plan to do to get your house ready for winter.
Inspect all of your windows and make sure the caulking is in place and make sure all weather stripping around doors is intact. This will save on your winter heating costs.
If you haven't done so already, have your yearly maintenance done on your furnace. Make sure that all permanent filters are thoroughly vacuumed, and remember to replace disposable filters in a forced air furnace system every three months.
Consider improving insulation in your attic, basement or any other heat loss areas before winter arrives.
After all the leaves have fallen, clean out your eaves troughs and downspouts to allow for water drainage in the spring.
Insulate any long stretches of hot water pipe that run through cold areas of your house such as a basement.
Installing a fence now instead of waiting for spring will provide a wind brake and help lower your energy consumption this winter.
Replace outdoor light bulbs now to avoid doing the job when it's really cold.
Clean the ducts of your central vacuuming system.
Check your roof for any necessary repairs such as missing shingles.
Trim any tree branches growing close to your home or driveway so they don't cause damage during the winter.
Cover the top of the condenser of your air conditioning unit. A board and brick will do. This will prevent melting snow from dripping into the unit, but allow air flow to the lower area.
Turn off the water to the outside taps.
Do a final weeding of the flower beds so that your spring bulbs will present themselves beautifully when spring 2011 arrives. Now is the time to add any extra bulbs so that your garden looks lush as the warm weather approaches.
Posted by Suzanne Hodgson
on October 18, 2010