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Here’s a handy checklist for winterizing your home.

Getting your home ready for the winter may seem a bit daunting. It’s critical to make sure that all items in your home are in top shape and running smoothly. The last thing you want to worry about is a home repair in the middle of the winter. But, with our easy checklist we’ll make getting it ready as easy as 1-2-3. Follow these easy steps to winterize your home and save money and energy costs.

1. Inspect the firebox and flue system to ensure that they’re clean of any soot or creosote and that there aren’t any cracks or voids that could cause a fire hazard.

2. Check the fireplace for drafts. If it’s cold despite the damper being closed, the damper itself may be warped, worn, or rusted. Consider installing a Chimney Balloon into the flue to air seal the area tightly.

3. Clean or replace the air filter in your furnace for maximum heating efficiency and improved indoor air quality. Don’t forget to schedule your servicing and heating oil delivery.

4. Clean your whole house humidifier and replace the evaporator pad.

5. Check that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.


6. Remove air conditioners from windows or cover them with insulated liners to prevent drafts.

7. If you have an older thermostat, replace it with a programmable unit to save on heating costs.

8. Make sure fans are switched to the reverse or clockwise position, which will blow warm air down to the floor for enhanced energy efficiency and comfort.

9. Flush the hot water heater tank to remove sediment, and check the pressure relief valve to make sure it’s in proper working order. We can always help you with that here.

10. Examine exposed ducts in the attic, basement, and crawl spaces, and use a sealant to plug up any leaks.

Now that you’ve gotten your home ready it’s time to sit back and enjoy the winter. Lay back with the fire going and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.



Sourece: bobvila.com