Windows and entryways are often the culprits when cold air seeps into your home. If you notice cold air around closed windows and doors, consider replacing the weatherstripping, which is used to seal gaps. Old or damaged weatherstripping can cause warm air to escape and let cold air enter. For help finding drafts in your home, carefully hold a lit candle along your windows, baseboards and entryways. If you see the candle flicker, you’ve found a draft.
Although it’s a short-term solution, you can also use plastic film to insulate your windows during colder weather. And if you live in an especially cold climate, try adding Bubble Wrap over the film for extra insulation.
If your home has an attic, ensure that it’s well insulated to prevent heat loss and damage from ice dams, which form when heat escapes into the attic and warms up the snow on your roof.
4. Equip your home with supplies
Milk and bread will only go so far if you and your family are stuck inside because of a storm. Naturally, you’ll want to winterize your home with nonperishable food items, water, flashlights and blankets, but also consider items like battery backups and a first aid kit.
For the outside areas, make sure that you have a snow shovel, ice pick, salt, salt spreader and gas if you have a snowblower or generator.
5. Maintain your chimney
Before you use it each year, have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a certified professional. Creosote buildup in chimneys—caused by the byproducts from burning wood—is highly combustible. Here are more tips for safely using your fireplace.
6. Triple check your home’s insurance policy
It’s never a bad time to review your home’s insurance policy, but before winter hits is best. Ensure your policy includes peril coverage to protect your home from weather-related issues like frozen plumbing, damage resulting from the weight of snow and ice and from water seepage from your roof.