Winterizing your home helps keep the heat in and the cold out. In turn, your home may be more equipped to handle harsh winters or endless freezing temperatures, as preparing your home for winter can help prevent property damage and reduce the risk of injury to you, your family and any guests. You may even experience significantly lower energy bills. Overall, there are many benefits to winterizing your home before the season strikes.
If you aren’t sure how to start preparing your home for winter weather, we’re here to help. Use this checklist from the experts at ServiceMaster Restore® to learn how you can effectively winterize your home before the cold weather hits.
Winterizing your home checklist
Take action in the following areas of your home to help prepare your property for winter weather:
Protect your pipes
Prevent your pipes from freezing, cracking and bursting this winter by doing the following:
- Drain outdoor water lines from swimming pools and sprinkler systems.
- Detach garden hoses from spigots and drain the hoses before storing them in a protected area.
- Insulate pipes in any unheated interior spaces like the attic, basement, crawl space, garage and under the kitchen and bathroom sinks.
- If temperatures drop dramatically, let the faucet drip.
Protect your home’s exterior
Keep the cold weather out by doing the following:
- Clean out your gutters to keep snowmelt running freely and prevent the formation of ice dams.
- Inspect your home for air leaks and caulk any windows or doors that need it.
Protect your home’s interior
Keep the warmth in by doing the following:
- Add interior weatherstripping around windows and doors.
- Apply insulation film to windows to cut down on heat loss through the glass.
- Consider adding a storm door to entryways that lead outside.
- Use draft guards in front of doors that lead to an attached garage.
- Ensure your ceiling fans are rotating clockwise to push warm air back down into the room.
- Have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned.
Check your insulation and HVAC system
The following can also help keep the warmth inside your home this winter:
- Make sure your home has adequate insulation, including the crawl space, above the garage, in the basement and in the attic.
- Change your air filters and have your HVAC system professionally inspected before you turn on the heat this year.