With winter weather just around the corner, it’s a good idea to start thinking about how to winterize your home. You don’t want to be stuck handling preventable cold-weather problems on top of trying to stay warm. If you’re wondering where to start, keep reading for some tips on how to keep your home safe and toasty warm in the colder months.

Check for Air Leaks

caulking bathroom window frame

Look around your windows, doors, vents, and lights to see if there are any spots that seem drafty. If you find any, seal them with weather stripping or caulk. You can even add storm windows if you want extra protection. Check out more ideas on where you might find leaks and ways to deal with them.

Inspect Your HVAC System

Call an air conditioning and heating professional, and make an appointment to have your HVAC system inspected. You may want to move this to the top of your winter to-do list because keeping your house too cold in the winter can cause your pipes to burst.

While you’re having your heating system tuned up, it’s a good idea to make sure your space heaters are working correctly as well. Otherwise, you may have to deal with a chilly home—or even an electrical fire.

Protect Your Plumbing

Insulate any pipes that pass through unheated areas or through outside walls. Drain and shut off any water that runs to an outside spigot or hose in order to keep your pipes from getting too cold. Every once in a while, you may also want to run a trickle of water though pipes that aren’t often used, and keep faucets running at a slight drip during the night to keep the water inside them moving too quickly to freeze.

Add Insulation

In addition to insulating your pipes, check around your home for areas that may not be insulated properly, or make an appointment to have your home inspected by an insulation professional. Determine whether or not any areas should be insulated better or differently, and speak with an insulation contractor about which type is right for your home.

Maintain a Fire-Safe Home

fireplace with old brick

Make sure to have your chimney inspected before you use the fireplace. If soot and creosote have built up in the chimney and flue, contact a chimney sweep to have them cleaned out. A buildup of creosote will keep smoke from escaping through the chimney, trapping it in the house. Additionally, creosote is extremely flammable, so a fire in an uncleaned fireplace could cause a fire in the chimney.

Also, think about testing your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors so that you’ll have plenty of warning in case of a fire. Regularly cleaning your smoke detectors will remove any cobwebs that might stop them from working properly.

Don’t fall down on winter maintenance this year. There are plenty of easy steps you can take and Best Pick professionals you can call to help you prevent cold-weather maintenance issues before they happen.

View Local Plumbers