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How to winterize your home
Now that Winter is coming, it is time to prepare your house for the colder weather. There are several major systems in your house that needs to be checked including heating systems, plumbing and gutters. This is not an exhaustive list but should help you get started on your preparation.
- HVAC: Schedule a tune-up with an HVAC profession. The safety of your family and energy savings are worth the cost. Check air filters and change on a regular schedule.
- Fireplaces: Make sure the chimney is clear of debris. Check the flue and be sure it opens and closes fully. Check for drafts. Consider having your fireplace chimney cleaned by a professional chimney sweep.
- Ceiling fans: Reverse your ceiling fans during the winter to clockwise. This will push warm air down and circulate air in the room. Be sure to switch it back in the spring when the weather starts to warm up.
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless and can leak from furnaces, boilers, water heaters and fireplaces as well as portable heat sources.
- Block air leaks: Fix draft under doors and around windows. Caulk windows and add weather stripping if needed. If windows are leaky use kits of shrink wrap plastic. Keep window blinds closed and use heavy curtains to keep cold air out.
- Storm doors and windows: When the weather turns colder, replace window screens with storm windows. They increase energy efficiency by as much as 45%.
Plumbing can be a problem in cold weather. Pipes freeze and burst. Some tips: Insulate exposed pipes. Wrap them in heating tape then insulate them. Turn off outside water supply and drain water. Disconnect and drain hoses. You should also consider putting an insulated cover over the exterior faucet.
Clean gutters and remove debris such as leaves. This will help keep water out and avoid freezing and damage to your home. Keeping gutters clear also helps protect your foundation from overflows and too much water exposure.
In the event your house loses power and conditions are too dangerous to drive, you need an emergency kit. The kit should have enough food, water and other supplies to last several days for as many people as are in your household. You can buy emergency kits at many camping and supply stores or make your own.
Grills: Disconnect propane tanks and leave the tank outside. Optionally, you may want to move grills and smokers indoors where there is extreme cold weather.
Outdoor furniture: Remove cushions and store them indoors.
• Empty the gas tank
• Drain the oil
• Disconnect the spark plug
• Remove the blade
If you need storage for grills, lawn mowers and lawn furniture, contact any of the Volunteer Storage locations.