Steps to Weatherproof Your Home Before Winter

Winter is about upon us, and that means the temperature is going to drop, fast. For many homeowners, that means fall is the last chance to make home improvements that are going to keep the elements out of your home and help you save on energy costs that you’ll have trying to keep the temperature warm enough in your home before you really need these improvements. You can do some of these things during the winter, but it is a lot easier to get to them before the snow starts to fall. Here are some steps to take to weatherproof your home before winter…

Seal Garage Door - Steps to Weatherproof Your Home Before Winter

Seal your garage door

One of the biggest leaks in your entire home that is allowing cold air in is almost assuredly your garage, and particularly your garage door. Even if the panels in your garage door are thermally secure and have insulative qualities, there are almost assuredly leaks on the bottom and sides of the door that are enabling the cold to seep into your garage, where it works to lower the temperature of your home. For this reason, you should add a weather seal to the bottom of your garage door, as well as on the ground at the threshold between your garage and your driveway. You can also get weatherstrip at any home improvement store that you can use to close up holes on the top or sides of your garage door.

Upgrade or repair your siding

Even if you insulate every room in your home quite well, the siding on the exterior of your home is still going to have an enormous impact on how well the cold is going to get into your home, which means more money and energy going into heating the home. For this reason, fall is one of your last and best opportunities to conduct a review and either replace or repair your siding. Some older homes are made with weaker wood. If you are going to replace your siding, and live in an area with cold and harsh winters, then make sure that you use a durable material, such as vinyl or cedar siding.

Seal Windows - Steps to Weatherproof Your Home Before Winter

Check and seal windows and doors

The other major way that cold gets into your home is through leaks in your windows or doors. We’ve all felt the cold pockets in a room that develop by the window. Well, those cold pockets are taking energy and money out of your pocket. For this reason, before it gets too cold, it’s a good idea to get some caulk and take it to the windows and doors around your home. The silicone in caulk helps insulate the room and doesn’t drop in temperature to the outside air. On top of sealing with caulk, it might also be a good idea to install storm windows on the outside of each window, since that also works for insulation and will also help prevent strong storms from damaging your windows.

Get your furnace serviced

Whatever cold you aren’t able to stop from getting into your home by sealing it up you are going to need to pay for by heating it away. This means that you’ll want your furnace working properly and efficiently, or else you might be paying energy costs for it to overwork for the same amount of heat. For this reason, now is a good time to get ahold of a handyman to get your furnace serviced. While there are some things you can do to get your furnace ready on your own, it pays to have a professional look at it, in case there is something that you miss.

Insulate Basement Room - Steps to Weatherproof Your Home Before Winter

Insulate basement rooms

It is very common for basement rooms in older homes to lack the proper insulation that is needed to keep the cold out, during winter. For this reason, you’ll eventually want to fill some of your outer basement walls with an insulative material that is prevent the cold from taking over down there. Because hot air rises, it is far more difficult for your heating system to heat up the basement of your home, which means that it can expend a lot of energy trying to do so.

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