Easy Ways to Prepare for Winter – Your Home

Prepare for Winter – Winter-Proof

Winter-ProofWinter-Proof – Winter is coming, and due to the economy and growing environmental awareness, many of us are pretty energy-conscious this year. Nonetheless, the prospect of winter-proofing your home can seem daunting – but there are easy and simple steps you can take to make your home more winter-proof without a complete overhaul. It does not have to be a big, expensive project. Here are some easy ways to keep out the cold out and keep in the heat.

1. Winter-Proof: Caulk: it’s not just for the bathroom

Caulk is an excellent and inexpensive way to seal air leaks around your home. It can be used in the attic, around non-moving window panes (particularly between the window frame and the wall), in cracks in your home’s siding, around door jambs (where they meet the wall), and even at the base of the siding where it meets the foundation.

2. Winter-Proof: Install a programmable thermostat

This is a simple way to ensure that your furnace will not be working to heat your home when you don’t need it. It also covers for you in case you leave the house or go to bed and forget to turn down the thermostat.

3. Winter-Proof: Get your furnace serviced

Keeping your furnace in top working order is important for energy saving. Make sure it is running properly before winter begins to avoid repairs in the winter, when going without central heat while awaiting repairs can be uncomfortable or even dangerous.

4. Winter-Proof: Put a hat on your home

Insulating your attic is like putting a winter hat on your house. It keeps heat from escaping through the roof – remember, heat rises. While you are focusing on the top of your house, check your gutters and see that they are clean and free of debris, and check your chimney for air leaks. Such leaks can be sealed easily with caulk.

5. Winter-Proof: Consider storm windows

Interior storm windows are an inexpensive way to keep heat from escaping, and they can be taken down when winter is over. They even come in plastic sheets which are the least expensive option.

6. Winter-Proof: Insulate your water pipes

One of the concerns with turning the thermostat down is freezing pipes. Pipe insulation, though, is a relatively easy way to ensure against this occurring. Pipe sleeves or tubes made of foam can be purchased at most hardware stores, and are cut so that they fit right over the pipes.

7. Winter-Proof: Apply weather stripping to doors and windows

Weather stripping is inexpensive and easy to apply – it should be put along the edges of windows and doors, including basement and attic windows and the garage.

8. Winter-Proof: Weather-proof the front door

You may want to replace your existing front door with a more energy-efficient one, or add a storm door to your current one. The most important thing is to be sure the edges of the door are tightly sealed and square, which may mean a new door and frame are necessary.

Hopefully, these ideas and tips will enable you to enjoy the winter weather without worry. Maybe you’ll save some cash too!

Jay Mueller – Making Money on the Inter.net

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2 thoughts on “Easy Ways to Prepare for Winter – Your Home

  1. We need to recaulk our windows. It is amazing how fast the seals can wear out on your windows. Our last home, a rental, had single-pane windows. The heating bill was through the roof, literally and figuratively. Weatherproofing your home not only makes sense, but it also reduces carbon emissions. Good for the environment.

    • Hi Laura,

      It is amazing how important the little things are. Just bu buying a couple tubes of caulk and caulking around the windows and doors makes such a big difference, yes even in Hawaii. For cooling or heating getting your house sealed makes a huge difference in your bills and like you say, will improve (lower) your carbon footprint which helps all of us and the planet.

      Jay

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