Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Furnace Inspection

  • Consider getting your furnace (HVAC) inspected by a professional
  • Remove all combustible materials away from the furnace
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  • Change your furnace filters monthly


  • Cap your chimney to keep out rodents and birds
  • Contact a chimney sweep if your chimney hasn't been cleaned in awhile (especially important if you use your fireplace regularly, creosote builds up and becomes a fire hazard)
  • Inspect your damper for proper opening/closing

Doors And Windows

  • Inspect exterior doors and windows for cracks-seal
  • Install weather stripping
  • Replace cracked glass
  • Cover windows with plastic to seal out cold air


  • Install extra insulation in attic if temperatures regularly fall below 32 degrees
  • Check flashing to assure water cannot enter your home
  • Clean debris out of gutters
  • Clear debris away from downspouts-spray with a hose to flush out anything caught in the downspout


  • Rake away all leaves and vegetation
  • Seal up entry points to keep small animals from entering the house or nesting under your foundation
  • Inspect for pest infestation
  • Secure crawlspace entrances


  • Drain gas from your lawn mower
  • Winterize boat
  • Tune-up or service snow blowers
  • Replace rakes and/or snow shovels
  • Purchase icemelt, sand or kitty litter

Smoke Detector/Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  • Test to make sure they work
  • Buy a fire extinguisher or replace yours if it is greater than 10 years old

By Diana from Prospect, KY

Tips For Winterizing Your Home


December 20, 20080 found this helpful

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