How To Prepare Your Home for Winter

With the cold weather on its way, now is the time to prepare your home for winter weather. The unfortunate reality is that the ice, snow, and cold of winter can do a real number on your home without the proper preparation. So, now is the time to get ready before the temperatures take a dive. Here is a checklist of items to winterize now so you can enjoy the cold weather.

Insulate Your Windows

Drafty windows can make your home a lot less cozy and drive your energy bills way up! By eliminating winter drafts, you can make your living space more comfortable while reducing your heating bills by up to 20%. Here are a few quick ways to eliminate window drafts:

  • Heat shrink film: These clear plastic sheets are designed to be applied over your windows using double-sided tape. Once in place, a hairdryer can be used to shrink the plastic and form a tight seal that not only prevents any drafts but also holds a layer of insulating air.
  • Draft Snake: These foam and fabric tubes can be applied underneath your window before closing it to hold it in place. This will prevent any air leaks from sneaking their way through the bottom of your window.
  • Rope Caulk: This soft, sticky, moldable caulk can be applied to any gaps in or around your window and can be removed at any time to make permanent repairs.

Check Out Your Fireplace

If your home has a fireplace, then it is important to make sure that it is clean. A dirty fireplace or chimney can cause dangerous smoke and gas buildup in your home. Plus, soot and creosote can ignite, potentially even causing a house fire. Make sure, if your home has a wood fireplace, to have it inspected and cleaned annually and for gas fireplaces every three years.

Have Your Heating and Cooling System Inspected

Before your heating system is working its hardest to keep your home warm and cozy, make sure to have a professional inspect it to make sure it is working safely and efficiently. This will help ensure that your HVAC system is ready when you need it most.

Inspect Your Gutters, Downspouts, and Roof

The time for discovering you have a leaky roof is most definitely not after the first snowfall. So, before the weather gets too freezing, make sure to inspect your roof for damaged or missing shingles, worn or cracked boots around vents, and damaged or rusty flashing. If you aren’t used to crawling around your roof, you may want to have this performed by a professional.

Also, make sure to inspect your gutters and downspouts to make sure that they are draining effectively. Otherwise, water can become trapped and freeze, potentially damaging your shingles and roof.

Final Thoughts

Winter can be a rough time of year for your home, but with the proper preparation, you can ensure that your home is ready for it. Make sure to cross these items off your checklist before the thermostat drops, and enjoy the cold from the warmth and comfort of your cozy home.

Contact Us

For help ensuring your home stays warm this winter, contact J Griffin Heating & Plumbing. Our heating professional can inspect and service your home’s heating system to ensure that it performs its best when the temperatures drop. Call us at 781-520-1212 and connect with us on Facebook.