Winterizing checklist for your home

A chill is in the air and snowy winter days aren’t far behind. If you haven’t winterized your home yet, you’re not alone — and it’s not too late.
But let’s face it. There are times when everyday life gets in the way of finishing everything that needs to be done. That’s why we’ve created Must-Do and Could-Do lists to help you prioritize winterizing tasks.*

Your winterization MUST-Do list:

  • Inspect your attic and ceilings for any water spots of signs of roof leakage.
  • Check your roof for missing, cracked, frayed, or curled shingles, as well as moss, mold, or rot.
  • Clear your gutters of leaves and other debris.
  • Trim branches that hang over the roof and/or gutters.
  • Disconnect hoses and turn off exterior water spigots.
  • Repair cracks or holes in the foundation, siding, bricks, eaves, and other exterior surfaces.
  • Make sure doors and windows seal properly. Air leaks can be eliminated or reduced with weatherstripping, fresh caulk, or foam tape.
  • Get your fireplace, chimney, and flue inspected before using for the first time each season.
  • Protect pipes by insulating exposed piping using electrical heating tape and foam insulating sleeves.
  • If you have a sprinkler system, blow the water out of its pipes to prevent or reduce cracking.
  • If you have a high efficiency gas furnace, make sure that the two PVC pipes that exhaust out the side of your home are free of any obstructions.
  • Have a furnace professional provide an annual tune-up. If that’s not an affordable option, you’ll need to at least clean the vents and replace the filters (with the furnace turned off).
  • Clean the air conditioner unit of debris and cover it when you’re done for the season.
  • Check the age of your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Put in fresh batteries!
  • Add fuel stabilizer to the gas in your mower or drain and dispose of the gas safely.
  • Prepare your snow blower or snow thrower, according to manufacturer directions.
  • Test your generator, if you have one. Make sure you have enough fuel.

Your winterization COULD-Do list:

  • Purchase and install gutter guards.
  • Install storm doors and/or windows.
  • Upgrade or add insulation.
  • Install a smart thermostat.
  • Seal or stain your wooden deck.
  • If you have high ceilings, change the rotation of your ceiling fan so that warm air is pushed downward.
  • Purchase heavy or thermal drapes.
  • Get textured door mats to reduce the amount of dirt coming inside.
  • Get a boot tray for wet footwear when people come in. Add a basket or cubby system for slippers or indoor shoes.
  • Consider purchasing a generator.
With a little preparation, you can relax knowing that your home is safe, warm, and energy efficient — no matter what type of winter we have.
*NOTE: Everyone’s home and needs are different. These tips are shared for general informational purposes and do not constitute electrical, plumbing, roofing, or other industry advice. Please use caution when carrying out these projects and only do them during safe weather conditions. When inspecting the roof and gutters, or when working in tricky spots, be sure to have a friend or relative nearby in case of a fall or injury.
- Dec 22, 2021