How To: Winter House Preparation
Get your house ready for winter and start saving money on energy
Make Windows Airtight
The U.S Dept. of Energy says 10% of air leaks exit windows. Caulk around the frams and add weatherstripping between the sash and frame
Convert to Gas
Traditional woodburning fireplaces tend to be inefficient at heating, sending all the hot air out of the chimney. Direct-vent systems are best for new homes, as it pulls the air from outside and pushes it past the gas firebox, and are relatively inexpensive to operate.
Call the Chimney Sweep
If you're going to stick to the traditional woodburning fireplace, have it cleaned and inspected before winter. If you don't get It cleaned, the flammable creosote from the smoke can build up and ignite
Clean the Gutters
Scoop out the debris, then flush with water, or use a blower. It's also a good idea to get a leaf guard to reduce future cleaning.
Prevent Freezing Pipes
To prevent bursting pipes, blanket them with foam insulation. It's easiest to use the tubes with slits on the side. If it doesn't have self-adhesive, secure them.