The Ultimate Checklist for Winterizing Your Home

November 1, 2023

As the days grow shorter and the temperature drops, it's time to start thinking about winter-proofing your home for the upcoming season. Carving out time this fall to tackle a few simple to-dos can make a big difference in keeping your space cozy and energy-efficient during the colder months. Here's your ultimate handyman guide to prepping your home for winter: 

1. Check Your Heating System: Your heating system is crucial to stay warm during the winter, so it's crucial to ensure it's in top working condition. We recommend checking and cleaning your furnace or heat pump. And don't forget to change the air filter to allow for efficient airflow.

2. Insulate and Weatherstrip: Prevent heat loss and drafts by inspecting your doors and windows for gaps and leaks. Replacing weatherstripping and adding insulation will keep your home warmer and reduce your heating costs.

3. Reverse Ceiling Fans: In the winter, your ceiling fans can help distribute warm air throughout the room. Set them to run clockwise at a low speed to gently push warm air down and improve overall heating efficiency. 

4. Maintain Your Chimney and Fireplace: Ensure fireplaces are safe to use by checking for debris or leaves and opening up the damper (the movable flap to adjust the chimney) before lighting a fire.

5. Roof and Gutter Maintenance: Examine your roof for missing or damaged shingles. Repair them promptly to prevent any leaks and costly repairs. Clean out your gutters to ensure proper drainage.

6. Install a Smart Thermostat: Invest in a programmable thermostat if you don't already have one. It allows you to set a lower temperature when you're not at home or while you sleep, which can significantly reduce your heating bills.

7. Insulate Your Pipes: Protect your pipes from freezing by insulating them with foam pipe insulation. If you have outdoor faucets, shut off the water supply to them and drain any remaining water to prevent them from freezing.

8. Prepare for Power Outages: Winter storms can lead to power outages. Consider preparing an emergency kit that includes essentials on hand, such as flashlights, blankets, water, and non-perishable food in case the electricity goes out. 

9. Clean and Store Outdoor Furniture: If you have outdoor furniture, clean and store it to prevent damage from winter weather. Consider covering it or moving it to a sheltered area.

10. Garden and Landscape Maintenance: Trim trees and shrubs near your home to prevent damage during storms. If you have a garden, prepare it for the winter by covering sensitive plants or moving them indoors.

With these handyman-approved tips, your home will be ready to handle anything winter weather throws at it while keeping you warm, comfortable, and energy-efficient. Need help getting started? Meet with your dedicated handyman.

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