Basic winterization tips for your home
The cold weather months are coming. Getting your home ready for the sliding temperatures and wet chilly weather means performing some basic tasks. The key word in effective winterization is seal. Seal your home to protect against unwanted air exchange and loss of heat. Some very simple actions that will prepare your home for the cold are to:
- Check windows and doors for drafts. If replacement is necessary and in your budget, making that investment before the cold sets in could save you a bundle in heating bills.
- If you are not replacing windows and doors, good weather-stripping, caulking and plastic window films are a great way to help prevent the loss of the home’s heated air.
- Seal and insulate pipes against the cold. Pipe wraps are easily found at most hardware or home improvement stores.
- Make sure that your furnace is running at its best. Have it inspected and change the filter at the beginning of the season to help it run at its most efficient.
These few simple steps will get you well on the way to having a warm and cozy home this winter season.
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Vicki Frye Vicki Frye is the director of Corporate Marketing Communications at Ply Gem, North America’s leading exterior building products manufacturer. From performance siding & accessories to energy efficient windows & patio doors, durable engineered roofing and more, Ply Gem offers low maintenance home exterior design solutions that enhance curb appeal while also increasing energy efficiency. www