Seven Smart Tips for Winterizing Your Home

By: Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services
Sunday, November 12, 2017

Now that fall is here, it's time to prepare your home for the cold weather that’s just around the corner.

Follow these seven pointers to lower your utility bills and protect your home investment this winter:

Get a heating system tune-up. For about $80 to $100, a technician will inspect your furnace or heat pump to be sure the system is clean and in good repair, and that it can achieve its manufacturer-rated efficiency. The inspection also measures carbon-monoxide leakage.

Check your roof. Or at least scan it closely with binoculars. Look for damaged, loose, or missing shingles that may leak during winter storms or from melting snow.

Caulk around doors and windows.  If the gaps between siding and window or door frames are bigger than the width of a nickel, you need to reapply exterior caulk. Check the joints in your window and door frames, too. Silicone caulk is best for exterior use because it won’t shrink and it’s impervious to the elements.

Turn off exterior faucets. Undrained water in pipes can freeze, which will cause pipes to burst as the ice expands. Start by disconnecting all garden hoses and draining any remaining water in the faucets. If you don’t have frost-proof faucets, turn off the shut-off valve inside your home.

Get your gutters cleaned. If your gutters are full of detritus, water can back up against the house and damage roofing, siding and wood trim, as well as cause leaks and ice dams..

Divert water away from your home. Add extensions to downspouts so that water runs at least three to four feet away from the foundation,

Get your fireplace cleaned. Make sure your fireplace (or any heating appliance burning gas, oil, wood or coal), chimney, and vents are clean and in good repair. That will prevent chimney fires and prevent carbon monoxide from creeping into your home.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Funeral or Celebration of Life: How to Decide What’s Right for Your Loved One

When a loved one passes away, it is important to honor their life with a memorable final goodbye. In the past, society has turned to funeral services based on religious or cultural traditions to ...

Funeral Attire Do’s and Don’ts: Six Indispensable Tips Everyone Needs to Know

If you’re planning to attend a funeral or memorial service, you may be wondering about the rules of etiquette—what to say to the bereaved, how to extend condolences, and where to send flowers, for ...

Avoiding Hidden Sodium: Seven Strategies to Improve Your Diet

Consuming too much sodium can cause high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke, kidney disease, and other health issues. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend consuming less than 2,300 mg of sodi...

Your Guide to Estate Planning: Seven Common Mistakes and Mishaps to Avoid

Estate planning is about getting your affairs in order for the end of your life and beyond. While it can be uncomfortable to consider end-of-life wishes, no one will live forever. Whether you are ...

Take These Practical Steps to Plan for Your Pet’s Care When You Pass Away

Have you ever considered what would happen to your pets if you died or became seriously ill? They have no one to advocate for them unless you do, so don’t leave them out of your estate planning e...

Digital Compassion: Seven Things to Know About Expressing Sympathies at a Virtual Funeral

Live streaming allows mourners to take part in memorial ceremonies at any time, from anywhere. While the COVID-19 health crisis ushered in the dire need for virtual funeral solutions, other barri...

Casket vs. Coffin: Twelve Things to Know About These Important Memorial Products

Funeral planning involves many details, including the choice of a coffin or a casket. Although coffins and caskets may look the same to the untrained eye, they are vastly different. Please read on...

The Rooms in a Funeral Home Perform Many Important Functions

Funeral homes are designed to be peaceful, comfortable places for family and friends to gather for support and reflection. A comforting environment, accessibility, ample space, and caring staff a...

Announcing a Funeral Service? Follow These Helpful Guidelines

A funeral announcement is a message or invitation that shares the news of a loved one’s passing. It can be digital or hard copy and often provides information about commemorative events that are ...

Can You Pass a Funeral Procession? Four Important Rules Regarding Safe Vehicle Operation

Do you know the rules of the road when you encounter a funeral procession or participate in one? If you are unsure, you’re not alone. Many motorists don’t know the proper protocols for this situa...