If you are a homeowner, then it is likely the cold weather season brings with it a lot of talk about the process of winterizing your home. But what’s winterizing, and why do you need to do it? Also, how exactly do you winterize a home? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, then these are things you need to start thinking about right now, before winter is upon you. Here is what you need to know:
What does it mean to winterize your home?
Simply put, winterizing is the process of preparing for the winter. When it comes to winterizing a home, there are a number of different things you can do to ensure that your home is suitably protected from the harsh weather conditions that winter brings.
Why winterize a home?
There are a variety of reasons for why you should make plans to winterize your home – and now. For starters, the process of winterizing your home will keep your home safe from the wear and tear caused by wind gusts, frosts, dampness, ice, and freezing weather. This alone is good enough reason to winterize, as taking the proper measures now can prevent less serious damages from snowballing (no pun intended) into larger ones in the future. Additionally, winterizing your home can keep you and your family more comfortable, and can save you a considerable amount of money on your electric bill.
What is involved in the process of winterizing a home?
There are some very straight-forward steps you can take to prepare your home for the winter. Go through your home and identify any air leaks between the outside and inside (commonly found around doors, windows, and ventilation ducts), and seal those leaks off with caulk and/or weather stripping. Install an extra layer of insulation in your walls, attic and crawl space. Wrap any exposed water pipes with insulation to prevent them from bursting. Have your heating system tuned up by a professional.
Why start now?
While most of the items on your winterization checklist are simple, that doesn’t mean they won’t take some time. Most of the tasks you should complete when preparing your home for the winter will take some handiwork and labor hours, and you never know when the cold season’s first freeze could hit. When it comes to winterizing, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If your home is not yet winterized, then the time to start planning the winterization process is right now! Don’t wait until it is too late to protect your home against winter’s extreme weather, or you might find that you’re left out in the cold (so to speak). Winter can sneak up on you, especially when you’re not prepared, so winterize sooner rather than later, with these considerations in mind. Look for advice from build direct and other home improvement groups if you aren’t sure what steps to start with. Prevention will cost less than expensive winter problems.