There are several steps to take when winterproofing your house. You should ensure that your gutters are free of debris and you should inspect your roof for anything that needs to be repaired or replaced. Remember to drain the remaining water in the pipes of your sprinkler or other irrigation systems and take a look at your snowblower to see if it still works after presumably staying in storage since the previous winter. Your outdoor furniture, grill, and outdoor plants should be placed indoors and the gaps around your windows and doors should be sealed to prevent drafts. Shield your pipes with insulation or keep them warm via your thermostat. Keep your chimney clean and unobstructed, check your fireplace flue, and make sure your heating system is working well and has a clean filter. Keep your water heater covered, use a programmable/smart thermostat, and ensure that your smoke detectors are operational and fitted with fresh batteries.
- Visually inspect your roof shingles for cracks or bends and look for loose screws.
- If you have a sprinkler system for your lawn, shut the water off and flush the pipes.
- To save money, cover your hot water heater with an insulation blanket.
“While you probably want to soak up every autumn day, you should take the time to prepare your home for the upcoming winter season.”