Winterize Your Home
Leaks: Replace worn weather stripping and caulk. Replace old windows or install plastic window seal. Attach draft stoppers to doors. Hire a contractor to perform blower test to find leaks. Install foam gaskets behind wall switch plates. Close fireplace damper when not in use. Close crawlspace vents in summer and winter.
Heating: Hire professionals to clean, check system. Replace air filters monthly. Use a setback thermostat. In winter, set ceiling fans to blow upward.
Insulation: Check for adequate insulation— floor, wall, and ceiling.
Outside: Trim trees. Clean gutters. Install chimney screen to block leaves. Keep snow, ice away from garage door. Check condition of steps and rails. Drain gasoline from lawn mowers.
If your home is vacant, call a plumber to drain waterlines and protect with anti-freeze. This will help safe guard against frozen pipes and property damage. Remember, just these simple steps can help save big bills later!