7 Ways to Winterize Your Home

Fall is an ideal time to make repairs that will make your home more energy efficient, both saving you money and keeping you warmer.

Here are seven cost-effective tips for winterizing your home.


1. Clean Your Gutters
Making sure that water can flow freely through your gutters will help prevent ice dams from forming later.

2. Caulk around windows
Warm air can escape and cold air can enter your house if the area around your windows has cracks. Caulking needs to be replaced periodically, and you should check for holes that need to be patched.


3. Replace weatherstripping around doors
If you can see light around the edges of your doors, you need new weatherstripping.

4. Put up storm windows and doors
If you have older windows and doors, adding storm windows and doors can help considerably.


5. Replace less efficient windows and doors
Adding double or triple-pane windows, insulated doors and insulated garage doors will significantly improve the energy efficiency of your home.

6. Ceiling Fan Direction
Have your ceiling fans move in a clockwise direction so they push hot air along the ceiling towards the floor. If they're going counterclockwise, they won't be as effective.

7. Lower your water heater temperature
You can lower it from 140 degrees to 120 with no ill effect.

There are small things you can do to keep the cold out, the heat in, and your energy bill down.

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Should you notice an issue that you’d like expert help with contact us. Don't delay repairing or replacing your roof, siding, windows, doors or gutters because it’s cold out. Even small leaks can cause major damage to the structural integrity of your home. This is especially true in fall and winter when the expansion and contraction of materials occurs due to freezing and thawing, which can worsen any existing problems.