Weatherizing Your Home

The leaves have started to turn color and that’s a sure sign that winter is on its way. Now, winter can be a great time of year and lots of people enjoy getting gout in the cold and enjoying the fun of skiing, tobogganing or just having a snowball fight with the kids. However, no one is going to say winter is any fun if the temperature inside the house is the same as the outside temperature. Make sure your home is warm and comfortable this winter by weatherizing your home before winter arrives.

Keep the cold out and the heat in

  • Inspect the caulking and weather stripping around your windows and doors to be sure it will help keep the heat inside and cold air outside. If the caulking is cracked or the weather stripping has gaps, replace it with new.
  • Take a close look at places where pipes come through the walls of your home to be sure no gaps have developed. Sealant around wall openings where things like air conditioner tubing and water pipes enter your home can dry out and break apart, leaving openings for cold air (as well as mice and rodents) to get into your home.
  • Consider adding some extra batt insulation to your attic to help keep the warm air in your living area. A couple of layers of batt insulation  is inexpensive, easy and quick to install, and will more than pay for itself in savings on heating in just a few years.

Keep it safe and warm

  • Have your furnace inspected by a certified HVAC technician. Over time cracks that can allow Carbon Monoxide (CO) to escape into your home can develop and can develop in the heat exchanger of your furnace and you want to be sure your furnace is both safe and working properly.
  • If you don’t have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home install them. If you already have them installed, check to be sure the batteries are working and you can rely on your detectors to give you early warning. Some people like to change the batteries every six months when the time changes from Daylight to Standard to ensure the batteries are never more than six months old.
  • Keep it dry
  • Insulate any exposed water pipes or pipes running through unheated areas in your home to be sure they won't freeze then split during the winter.
  • Make sure your outside taps don’t freeze up by first turning off the water supply to them, then opening the taps themselves to allow any water trapped in the pipes to drain out.

Finally prepare an winter emergency kit

  • Even after doing everything you can to prepare your home, things can still happen. Put together an emergency kit containing candles, matches and batteries for your flashlight in case of a power outage.
  • Some bottled water and non perishable food along with a camp stove and fuel will allow you to cook a warm meal along and some blankets and warm clothes including mitts and gloves will keep you warm in an emergency.

Murray Anderson is a veteran freelancer whose work has been appeared in books, newspapers and newsletters as well as on numerous web sites in both the United States and Canada. He writes on a wide range of topics including home, consumer, and personal subjects as well as general business and Marketing specific topics.