Many homeowners hear the weatherman say it’s time to winterize the house, but they’re not even sure what that means.
Winterizing a home means making it energy efficient — keeping cold air out and warm air in. Here’s a crash course on how to do that!
Outside the Home
- Look for gaps around windows and doors, hose bibs, gas pipes and dryer vents. Seal big gaps with expandable foam; seal other gaps with caulk — use a color that matches your home so there’s no need for touch-up paint.
- Use hose bib, or faucet, covers to insulate exposed water lines. They’re affordable, easy to install and ensure there’s no freeze damage whatsoever.
- Turn off water to sprinkler systems and use a wet-dry vacuum to suck out any leftover water from each zone of your irrigation system.
Heating Your Home
- To save the most money, set your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit
- Install a programmable thermostat that adapts to your lifestyle and saves you money
Watch the full segment, featured on The Weather Channel’s “AMHQ,” above to learn more!