This post about how to winterize your Home is sponsored by Sears Home Services. All opinions are 100% our own. Whether you have a new home or old, all homes come with a list of seasonal maintenance steps. While many of us think it is not necessary to worry about our home until something goes wrong, many steps should be taken seasonally to make sure our appliances continue to work efficiently, our house is free of any drafts and to lower our utility costs. Since we experiencing cooler temperatures and the long holiday weekend maybe you can take these tips on how to winterize your home.
So how exactly do you winterize your home? Winterizing encompasses a range of tasks that are simply geared toward preparing for the winter to save on utility costs as well as getting your furnace ready for winter. Proper winterization can save you money by keeping the cold out but also protects your home from possible harm due to harsh temperatures, along with freezing rain, snow, and sleet. Here in Virginia we have many ice storms that can cause damage from falling limbs and frozen water lines, some of which can be prevented.
I how compiled a list of ways to winterize your home*.
- Have your furnace serviced annually by a competent professional for efficiency and safety. Winter weather is quickly approaching; can your HVAC system keep up? Trust the experts at Sears to replace or repair your heating and cooling system just in time for the holidays. Whether you’re replacing the HVAC unit you have or upgrading your home with a new feature, Sears can help with Boilers, Furnaces and more.
- Change your air filters Regularly Changing your filters is one way to help your system run efficiently because a dirty filter slows down airflow and makes the system work harder.
- Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic
- Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper and space under the dryer.
- Check the attic for adequate ventilation.
- Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filters. (something I have never done)
- Check the water hoses on the clothes washer, refrigerator ice maker and dishwasher for cracks and bubbles.
- Trim any large limbs that hang over your homes.
- Check your windows and doors for drafts.
- Turn off any exterior water spouts and remove any hoses
- Before building a fire get your chimney inspected
- *these tips to winterize your home change based on your location.
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What items would you add to these tips to winterize your home?