Winterizing Your Home
Check for leaks: Replace worn weather stripping and caulk.…Replace old windows with energy efficient ones or install plastic window seal.… Draft stoppers can be attached to doors. Hire a contractor to perform a blower test to locate air leaks.… Install foam gaskets behind wall switch plates.… Close the damper on your fireplace when not in use.… Close crawlspace vents during the summer and winter and open them in spring and fall.
Check your heating and a/c: Hire professionals to clean, check, and lubricate the system.… Replace your heater’s air filter monthly.… Update old heating systems.… Use a setback thermostat, which turns the system down when you are, then back up when you are home.… In winter, set your ceiling fans so they blow upward to circulate heat without chilling you.
Check insulation: Check for adequate insulation — floor, wall, ceiling.
Check outside: Trim trees and dead branches.… Clean your gutters to prevent blocked drainage.… Install a chimney screen to block falling leaves.… Keep snow and ice from around your garage door.… Make sure steps and handrails are in good condition.… Drain gasoline from lawn mowers and other equipment only used in summer.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
Make sure cell phones are charged, flashlights have new batteries in them, and there is food and water in an accessible area. With heavy rainfall can often come thunderstorms that can knock your power out. Preparing a bag of dry clothes and an emergency kit is a good idea in case you are without power for an extended period. If there are any essential medications it is a good idea to make sure they are easily accessible for all household members. Creating a plan and preparing supplies is important for your family’s safety to make sure all members are aware of what to do and have the proper supplies to keep them safe in the event flooding occurs.