A DIY Guide to Winterizing Your Property

Posted by Jordan Muela in Property Management Articles

Many people live in houses that become drafty during the cold winter months. Cold air often enters a home through leaks in windows and doorways. Fortunately, there are several ways to prevent drafts from sneaking into a home. The following article contains tips on preventing drafts as well as several other suggestions for winterizing a home. A few simple preparations may lead to a warmer, more inviting home this winter.


The winter weather months bring days of cold winds and blowing snow. Even a small leak in a window or a door can allow heat to escape from a home. Some drafts can be prevented by placing weather stripping around the open edges of a doorframe. In addition, a homeowner may want to replace all screen doors with glass doors to give the doorway even more protection against drafts. Many people opt to put "draft snakes" against the bottom edges of their doors to prevent drafts. Alternatively, a window can be winterized by putting a layer of caulking around its edges. A homeowner may even want to buy a pair of curtains made of heavy fabric to pull closed in front of a drafty set of windows. In short, these simple ideas can create a more comfortable atmosphere in a home.

Changing Furnace Filters

A dirty furnace filter full of pet hair and heavy dust can prevent a furnace from working to its full potential. Not surprisingly, a furnace with a dirty filter is working twice as hard to deliver its warm air. By changing the furnace filter on a regular basis a family can enjoy all of the warm air that a furnace has to offer. Furthermore, a clean filter allows a furnace to be more energy efficient especially during a stretch of extremely cold days in the wintertime.

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Ceiling Fan Maintenance

Some families purchase a ceiling fan to add style to the décor of a room. Chances are, they get a lot of use out of their ceiling fan on humid summer afternoons. A ceiling fan can also be of great advantage in the winter. Many ceiling fans are capable of moving in the opposite direction with the flip of a switch. A ceiling fan's counterclockwise motion will push the warm air downward back into the home's living space.

Attic Insulation

If an attic is poorly insulated, heat can escape leaving the members of a household cold and unhappy. Consequently, no winterizing process is complete without checking the insulation in an attic. In fact, a homeowner would be wise to get a professional to evaluate the energy efficiency of an attic. He or she may be able to recommend a particular type of insulation that would suit the needs of the homeowner.

Pipe Insulation

Frozen pipes are a common occurrence during the winter months especially pipes that are located in a garage or a basement. It can be expensive to replace frozen pipes that burst from expansion. A homeowner should check for proper pipe insulation before the arrival of the winter months. Also, if a garden hose is attached to an outside spigot it should be taken off and stored to prevent freezing. It's also a good idea on extremely cold nights to leave the kitchen faucet on at a slow drip in order to prevent pipe freezing.

Heating System Maintenance

Regular maintenance of a heating system can help it to work more efficiently. An owner that arranges for regular checkups for a heating system may be able to avoid large, costly repairs. Plus, a heating maintenance specialist will likely be able to recommend some ways to make a heating system more energy efficient throughout the winter. In addition, a homeowner may want to research some types of thermostats that are especially designed to save on a household's winter heating bills.

Chimney Maintenance

A burning log in a fireplace can be a comforting sight on a cold winter's evening. It's important for homeowners to winterize their fireplaces and chimneys so they will work properly and safely. For example, a chimney should not have leaks that allow cold air to blow down into the home. In addition, a chimney should be cleaned to make sure there is no build up of ash or creosote inside it. If a family doesn't use its fireplace, the chimney flue should remain closed and the doors spanning the front of the fireplace should be firmly shut to prevent stray drafts.

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