Winter is Coming. Is Your Home Ready?

December 2017

Winter weather can be tough on homes, and on our wallets. Whether you rent or own, there are many things that you can do to get your home ready for winter weather. The following tips can help you save money as you get your home ready this winter season.

Inside the home

When it comes to heating your home, there are various things you can do inside your home to help save money on heating cost.

  • Adjust the thermostat. Keep an eye on how much you are running the thermostat throughout the winter months. Consider lowering the temperature when you’re at work or sleeping and keeping it as low as comfortable when you are home and awake. Using a programmable or smart thermostat can make it easier.
  • Have your heating system serviced. Regularly servicing the system will ensure that it is working properly. Be sure to inspect the air filter regularly and replace or clean it as needed. A clean filter improves the air quality in your home and helps the system run more efficiently.
  • Set any ceiling fans to run clockwise. This will push down warm air that has risen to the ceiling. By doing this, it t might allow you to lower your thermostat.
  • Cover drafty windows. There are a lot of great insulating drapes or shades that you can use to keep the cold air contained. Another option is to use a window insulation kit which has a clear plastic sheet that is stretched tightly across the window.
  • Remove any window air-conditioning units. If removing them is too difficult, wrap the inside with an insulating cover to prevent drafts
  • Test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Change the batteries if they haven't been changed in the last six months.
  • Inspect fireplace. If you have a fireplace and use it frequently you should have the chimney inspected and cleaned if needed.

Outside the home

Preparing the outside of your home for the winter months is just as important as the inside prep work. By following the tips below, you can help prevent home damage that could result from winter storms.

  • Clean your gutters. Clogged gutters can prevent water from draining away which can cause damage to your roof. Be sure to clean them after the last leaves have fallen.
  • Inspect your windows and doors. Renew the caulking between frames and walls as needed, install weather stripping around doors to prevent drafts, and repair any cracked or broken windows and the window-glazing.
  • Replace screen doors. If you have any screen doors on your home, be sure to replace them with storm doors. You will also want to replace any window screens with storm windows.

Other Resources

The following resources have many more tips that you can follow to prepare for the upcoming winter months.

StraightTalk Homeowner's Guide

Does Your Apartment Have Poor Insulation? from

Fall and Winter Energy-Saving Tips from

4 Do-It-Yourself Projects Saving You Money on Energy Bills from

Winter Preparation Checklist from Bob Vila



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