Getting the House Ready for Winter
It's time to think about winterizing your house, no matter whether you'll be there all winter or plan to be away for an extended period. The tasks aren't overwhelming when you prepare for winter one step at a time, and if you plan to be home, you'll be glad you did, because the steps you take will protect your property and save you dollars in heating costs.
Seal Leaks around Doors and Windows
- Add or replace worn weather-stripping around doors and windows.
- Caulk gaps where necessary.
- Replace worn door stops at the bottom of doors.
- If you have them, install storm doors and windows. Don't forget to winterize basement windows.
- Replace old windows with energy efficient windows.
Seal Other Leaks
- Use caulking and weather-stripping around entry points for all pipes and ducts that travel through an exterior wall.
- Install insulating kits behind electrical plugs that are on a wall with an exterior side.