17 Hacks for Winterizing Your Home

Winter is in the air so it’s time to prep! Winterizing your home can keep you and your family safe, avoid expensive repairs, and maybe even save some money! 

We’ve made a list of ways you can weatherproof. Some of these tasks require a little more “handiness” than others, but can make a real difference once cold weather hits.

Be Prepared 

  • Buy a snow shovel and salt 
  • Keep extra water and canned food in storage just in case
  • Stock up your first aid kit
  • Test flashlights and make sure you have extra batteries on hand 

Outside the House

  • Clean gutters and downspouts
  • Disconnect hoses from outside faucets and turn off the water
  • Caulk or apply weatherstripping around problem draft areas
  • Have a contractor look for damaged roof shingles and loose gutters

Inside the House

  • Look around doors and windows for gaps and potential places where warm air can escape. (Hint: use a candle to detect leaks) 
  • Check the attic, walls, and basement for adequate insulation
  • Close any vents in your home that may have been opened for the warm weather
  • Replace the filter in your furnace
  • Have your chimney or woodstove inspected and cleaned. A dirty chimney can lead to carbon monoxide in your home 
  • Feel around electrical outlets and switch-plates for cold air
  • Have a heating/cooling expert look at your furnace if you are unsure of its efficiency
  • Test the flue for each fireplace for a tight seal when closed