Weatherproofing a House: Your Winter Prep To-Do List

Posted by Wattson on Sep 26, 2016

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It seems like fall just got here, right? It won’t take long for winter to show up at your doorstep. Preparing for the winter takes both time and money, two commodities. Not sure where to start? Here are 5 affordable and quick ways to weatherproof your house:

1. Weatherproof your doors and windows.

Warm air may be slipping through the cracks of your doors and windows. And since you’re paying for heat, you want it to stay inside. A big step to winterize your home is to replace your door and window summer screens with glass panes.

Next, (if you’re feeling confident) head to the hardware store, and pick up some caulking and weather stripping. Here’s a hack to find those air-leaking cracks: Light a candle, and slowly move it around your door and window frames. When the flame moves, it means that outside air is leaking in. Does the thought of walking around your home with a candle worry you? When you have an Energize CT Home Energy Assessment, an energy advisor will (safely) locate the problem areas of your home using a blower door test. Professional air sealing is available and can usually be done on the same day as your assessment.

2. Dodge the draft.

Draft stoppers are an inexpensive way to keep the heat in the room. You could even make your own if you’re feeling creative. Get some fabric, thread, uncooked rice, and voila! This could be an especially fun project for young kids. Or Pinterest-savvy adults.

If all else fails, you could also train your pets to do this:

cat door stopper

Source: Pinterest

3. Insulate hot water pipes.

When the thermometer hits 20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, your pipes become vulnerable to freezing and bursting, especially in unheated areas. One way to prepare your pipes for the winter is to insulate them. A hardware or plumbing store should have the tools for this. When wrapping the pipes in insulation tubes, exercise extra caution with pipes that have either been frozen before or repaired within the last 12 months. A broken pipe might break your bank, but insulating it won’t even come close.

(Hint: Hot water pipe insulation is included as part of your Energize CT Home Energy Audit.)

4. Get your leaves out of the gutter!

Weatherization projects aren’t limited to the inside of your home. Wet leaves and debris that clog gutters can risk damage to your house. Cleaning your gutters will keep melted snow flowing nicely off your rooftop, which prevents icicle and ice dam buildup. The last thing you want is for melting snow and ice to make its way into your home for lack of a place to go.

5. Call in the reinforcements.

Weatherproofing your home can be a hassle, but the damage costs far outweigh the prevention costs. Don’t know where to start? A home energy audit with Energy Monster can help you locate where your home is losing energy. From there, we can recommend solutions to make your home as efficient as it can be. Winter is coming so don’t wait to call us – our energy-saving friend, Wattson, is available to help you out.

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