Your Complete 2017 Winter Checklist Guide
Like it or not, winter is something that happens every year, and every year there are things you should be doing to winterize your house. The good news is that the list isn’t very long or difficult to accomplish, and every task you check off will help to make your house more efficient, keep you warmer, save you money, or keep your family safer.
Things to Install
- Weather stripping: Install this around all doors and windows, vents, and any other access point into your house to prevent cold air from getting in and hot air from escaping. Weather stripping is cheap to buy and easy to install, and you’ll cut down on your heating bills by using it.
- Plastic sheeting: Believe it or not, heavy plastic sheets can do wonders for reducing your heating costs and keeping cold drafts out from older windows. With this easy task that takes less than 30 minutes, you’ll see a marked increase in the temperature inside and a reduction on your energy bill.
- Pipe wrap: You may never have experienced frozen pipes living in San Diego, CA, but if the temperatures are expected to drop below freezing for an extended period of time, insulation for the waterlines is a good idea to prevent frozen and burst pipes. Doing this can protect your whole plumbing system.
Things to Inspect
1. Ventilation and HVAC: Without the furnace, your house might not be liveable in winter. Help it out with an annual inspection to check that everything is working properly and that there are no leaks in the system. Along with keeping your house warm all winter long, this will also make sure there’s plenty of fresh clean air circulating, and this means no moisture buildup and mold growth.
2. Outdoor vents: There are lots of vents and air return ducts in your house that vent or pull air from outside, and if these become clogged with ice or snow, you could have problems. Keep these clear of obstructions, especially the ones that vent moisture from your dryer, bathrooms, and kitchen.
3. Detectors: Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors could save your life, but only if they’re in good working order. To ensure they are, replace the batteries (do this annually), test them monthly, and vacuum them regularly to keep them free of dust, dirt, and spider webs.
4. Furnace filters: These need to be changed or cleaned at least every three months, and ideally once a month in winter. The filter cleans the air going through the furnace and keeps the unit operating efficiently, and makes sure the air circulating around your house is clean.
Your winter checklist comes down to buying a few supplies that you should have on hand, installing insulation that will keep your house warmer with less energy, and performing a few inspections that will keep your family safe and your ventilation and HVAC systems working properly.
And once you check these items off your list, you can start dreaming about all the fun winter activities and sports that are just around the corner!