Is your household prepared for the oncoming chilly winter weather? Now is the right time to check out and start implementing some home winterization tips to keep your family warm while saving on energy costs during the cold months ahead.
Be sure to address the items in this home winterization checklist before the chilly weather’s onset.
1. Inspect/Upgrade Your Heating System
Hire an HVAC expert to look into your heating system. Replace the furnace filter, clean the motor, and ensure that the equipment operates efficiently.
2. Fix Air Leaks for Energy Savings
Inspect your house for openings that let cold air in. Watch out for door draft leaks since these may account for 5% to 30% of your energy losses per year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. You may use caulk or weather strips for air leaks around windows, fireplaces, ceilings, and floors for maximum warmth during winter.
3. Roof and Gutter Inspections/Protections
Your winterization checklist should include roof and gutter inspections and repair. Prevent ice dams and gutter damage by clearing leaves that may collect and block melting snow from draining off gutters through downspouts.
Keep an eye out for damaged roof shingles. You may need to enlist a roofing contractor to inspect your roof, repair damaged tiles, and seal any potential leaks.
4. Install Energy Efficient Windows and Doors
About 20% of the cold air making your home uncomfortable enters through skylights, windows, and doors. You may solve that problem by installing ENERGY STAR doors and windows.
5. Have Winter Supplies on Hand
Get a shovel for getting rid of any snow that builds up on your doorsteps. Your winter survival kit should also include enough water and food supplies and an alternative power source.
These are some of the home winterization measures to implement and protect your family from winter’s harm without breaking the bank on energy bills. For further assistance with your homeowners insurance policy, contact the experts at Steve Wilk Insurance. Our new office is at 310 S Main Street, Suite C, Lombard, IL 60148.