Winterize your home now: Easy checklist

houses under snow in winter

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – Little things can make a big difference and that’s what winterizing your home NOW means. Most of these projects are doable for you; but even if you decide to hire a professional, it’s money well spent.

Here’s the checklist at a glance.

  1. Is your mind in the gutters? Good, because now is the perfect time to inspect and clean cutters and downspouts.
  2. Don’t want to keep your coat buttoned up? Then now is the time to do an air test and seal gaps and cracks in doors and windows with caulk and weather-stripping.
  3. Get on top of the problems. Your ROOF that is. Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.  (This might be a good time to hire that professional!)
  4. Talk the talk and walk the walk. Repair damaged sidewalks, driveways and steps. In some cities, sidewalk repair is always the homeowner’s responsibility.
  5. Chill out. Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
  6. Fresh filters. Not for your coffee!   Cleaning or replacing dirty furnace filters not only enhances indoor air quality, it can increase the efficiency of your HVAC by 5-15%.
  7. Get physical… With your heating system and again, money well spent to have a professional inspect your heating system.
  8. Gather round the hearth. Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep.
  9. Keep the humidifier humming. Clean the plates or pads to ensure efficient operation and a comfy home this winter.
  10. Keep the wood fires burning brightly? Wood stoves are making a comeback. To avoid a deadly situation, be sure to inspect yours before firing it up.
  11. Safety begins a home. A home safety check should be an annual ritual in every household. That includes Smoke and CO detectors, fire extinguishers, fire escape plans and a general clean up round out the list.

If you decide to hire a professional for any of these jobs, feel free to contact me for a referral.

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