Quick Tips for Easy Home Winterizing

How to Winterize Your Home to Protect it from the Cold and Dark Days Ahead

By Mark J. Donovan

When the daily temperatures begin to drop and the days are shorter it’s a wise idea to spend a weekend or two winterizing your home. Home winterizing in the fall is essential for ensuring an energy efficient home and for making sure items in your yard do not get damaged due to the harsh winter elements.

When winterizing a home windows should be at the top of your to-do list. Windows are notorious for allowing heat to exit your home.

Make sure to caulk around the exterior of the windows, and doors for that matter too, to make sure your home will be free of cold drafts this winter.

Also, on the window interiors, consider installing window and door foam insulation strips, particularly if your windows are older. In addition, attach storm windows if you have them. They are ideal for helping to prevent cold drafts from entering your the home with older windows. Also make sure to check that your exterior doors close properly and consider installing new door weather strips if the existing ones are damaged in any way.

Another quick tip for easy home winterizing is to make sure your furnace and chimney are in good working order so you maximize your furnace’s heating efficiency. However hire a professional service technician to inspect and make any tune ups required.

When it comes to home winterizing around the exterior of your home start by raking up any leaves and picking up and storing away any summer yard toys and furniture. Also inspect and clean out the gutters. Leaves and debris left in the gutters leads to ice dams in the winter, which can cause water and physical damage to your home.

In regards to winterizing your home garden, start out by removing all the old vegetable plant debris. Old vegetable plant debris left in the garden can lead to fungus and insect infestation. You may also want to apply Lime, fertilizer or compost to your garden to allow it time to soak in and absorb into the soil.

Finally, fall is a great time to refinish your deck with a fresh coat of stain or paint. A new coat of stain or paint can help to protect the deck from water and ultraviolet damage during the winter months. Plus, it’s one less thing you need to think about in the spring when it’s normally wetter.

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