Top Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Best Practices, Home Design

11456377196_bdc89ba251_zThanks to NAHB Remodelers, we have some great tips for preparing your home for winter weather!

Emergency repairs and high heating bills are every home owner’s worst nightmare. Help prevent both winter weather scenarios by following these home maintenance tips in the fall.

  • Check for gaps in insulation or crawl spaces that expose pipes to cold air and the risk of freezing and bursting.
  • Have your heating system checked by a licensed technician before cold weather requires daily use.
  • Block drafts around doors, windows and baseboards with weather stripping, window film and caulk to control heat loss.
  • Install storm doors and windows to improve energy-efficiency and keep drafts at bay.
  • Have a licensed chimney sweep clean your chimney to prevent the risk of a fire from creosote buildup or blockages.
  • Spray door locks with powdered-graphite lubricant to prevent freezing and sticking.
  • Flush the water heater to get rid of built up sediment that impacts efficiency.
  • Check smoke detector batteries and install carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Inspect the dryer vent for debris.

This is also a good to time plan and schedule remodeling projects for the spring by researching remodeling companies and meeting with a design team. Learn more about choosing a professional remodeler.

Looking for tips to get your home’s exterior ready for winter weather? Check out our expert recommendations.

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