Sunday, October 15, 2017

Winterize Your Home: A Quick Guide to Preparing Your Home for Cold Weather

Winterizing your home is preemptive maintenance that helps keeps your home safe, and saves on your heating and repair costs.

According to The Weather Channel the forcasted winter is expected to be warmer than normal in the Carolinas. While it definitely feels like an extended Indian Summer here in Charlotte that doesn't mean you should skip out on getting your home ready for colder weather. The following list will put you on the path to winterizing your home. 


  1. Clean Out Gutters - Fallen leaves and other debris allows clogs to form and can cause water and moisture to back up into your home.
  2. Trim overhanging branches and dead limbs from trees. Branches and limbs can rub against the roof of your home in windy conditions and cause damage to shingles and guttering. Not to mention adding to the gutter clogging factor.
  3. Turn off outdoor spigots, unhook garden hoses, turn off sprinkler systems and drain. If left undone water already in the pipes may freeze and cause cracks, breaks and flooding. 
  4. Insulate your outdoor spigots with "freeze caps" available at home improvement stores usually for a couple dollars.
  5. If your house has a crawlspace then close the vents to prevent freezing air from entering under the house and freezing pipes.
  6. Call a certified Chimney Sweep to clean and inspect your chimney and fireplace for use. According to, you can prevent a fire, save energy, and reduce pollution. 
  7. Get your HVAC system serviced for the winter months. Technicians can check for duct leaks and generally okay your unit for the cold season and keep you from being surprised by a needed repair.
  1. Change your Furnace air return filter. Changing your filter regularly extends the life of your unit, improves air quality, keeps energy bills down, and keeps the system cleaner.
  2. Caulk around windows and doors and check for cracks around piping into and out of your home. Not only does this improve how well your home holds and maintains heat it also keeps pests out that want to find warmer digs in the cold months.
  3. Add weatherstripping to your storm doors.
  4. If you have a walk-up attic consider adding an attic stairway insulation tent that covers the opening. This is one great investment! When I installed mine a few years ago I couldn't believe the difference it made. I'm not sure how many degrees of a temperature change it made but it was quite noticeable. 
  5. Reverse your ceiling fans counterclockwise so that the air is forced downwards.
  6. Make sure your flue is closed on your wood-burning fireplace (unless in use). Read on here for more info. 


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