How to Winterize the Interior of Your Home
- Sealing Windows and Doors
Take a few minutes to check every window and door in the house. Is there a draft coming from any one of them? If so, you would do well to reseal any problem areas, as a draft means that air is escaping and so is your heat! Go one step further and line the windows with plastic wrap to really offset any tiny drafts. Doing this will go a long way to saving you money on heating bills.
Does your roof frequently experience ice dams? These are caused by heat escaping through your attic or top floor ceiling, which melts the snow on the roof. Then, with the eaves, the snow refreezes, which causes a buildup of ice on your roof. Adding insulation will prevent ice dams and the ensuing problems they cause.
- Tidy up the Mudroom
Winter is notorious for snow and ice melt on the bottom of shoes. Tracking this inside can harm your floors and is just annoying to clean up. Make space in the mudroom for your family members to wipe off their boots outside and take them off inside before they ever step into the actual house. Use abrasive mats outside to wipe off boots, and use shoe trays in the mudroom to house their shoes.
- Energy Efficiency
Get ready to have your mind blown… use a rug to insulate the floor! Specifically with hardwood floors, cracks in the floor offer an escape for air. A rug, however, will keep in the heat by blocking the cracks. The idea is to keep each room in the house warm so you don’t use more heat than you need to.
- Use Sunlight
The most affordable way to heat up your house during the day is to use the abundant energy of the sun. On sunny days, keep the curtains or drapes open to let in sunlight, which will naturally heat up the room(s).
- Rearrange Furniture
You may not realize it, but you may be paying just to heat up the couch instead of the entire room! Move furniture away from heating vents to allow for optimal airflow and to heat up each room evenly and efficiently.
- Turn off Water Valves
You probably won’t need to water any of your plants outside this winter. So turn off the water valves that lead outside. Also, be sure to drain these pipes so the water won’t freeze, expand, and potentially cause a flooding disaster.
How to Winterize the Exterior of Your Home:
- Roofing and Siding
Before the first snowfall, you should have your roofing and siding inspected by professionals. We will be checking for leaks and impacted exterior, which can cause heat loss, rot, and even flooding. Yikes! Get the exterior inspected as soon as possible so that any problems may be addressed.
- Plantings & Lawn
Be sure to mow your lawn one last time during the fall. You should cut the grass one-third of its current height so as not to damage it. If you planted anything that can survive the winter, take care not to damage it when shoveling snow. The same goes for the lawn. Keep salt and ice melt away from any greenery to avoid brown patches or drying out the soil. Cover plants with burlap or another wrapping to protect branches from heavy snow.
- Perform a Blowout
Just as we explored above, you should drain and wrap any hoses you use outside during the spring and summer and store them in the garage or another area where they will be kept safe. Similarly, drain the pipes of any leftover water to prevent freezing and cracked pipes. Otherwise, you could be looking at potential flooding problems. This is called a blowout, ad it should be done before winter every year.
- Prep the Yard & Patio
You’ll be spending less time outdoors, so stack all lawn chairs and cover them with a tarp or other wrapping. Cover the grill and bring it into the garage or shed. Protect your summer yard and patio furniture to use for years to come.
- Organize the Garage
Summer and fall are over. Time to bring forward the winter items, such as shovels, the snowblower, and winter toys like sleds, tubes, skis, and snowboards. Also, be sure to stock up on ice melt… you’re going to need it. Keep ice melt in a sealed container to protect it from spills, water, and kids rummaging around the garage.
At WORKS by Jesse, we want you to be safe and warm this winter. Prepping your house, both inside and out, is a must. New England winters are harsh and unforgiving, so get ahead of the weather and keep your house on point.
For more information about winterizing your property, contact WORKS by Jesse by phone at 978-291-7735, or visit our website at http://worksbyjd.com/