10 Tips to Winterize Your Home

Keller Williams Realty-Ooltewah

As the saying goes, “winter is coming!” And if you haven’t started getting your home winter-ready, don’t worry, we have you covered. Check out these 10 tips to help you winterize your home and stay warm all season long. 

Inspect Your Home’s Exterior 
Check your gutters and downspouts to make sure they’re clear of leaves and debris. 

Check Your Filter 
If you want to save money this winter, here’s a good place to start. Replacing your furnace filter provides you with clean air and prevents dust particles from entering your home. 

Hire a Professional to Inspect Your Furnace 
Hire a professional to inspect your furnace for leaks and test for carbon monoxide – a deadly gas that can escape into your home as some heating systems age. 

Seal the Gaps  
Another way to keep your heating bill down this year is to make sure the cold air doesn’t come in and the warm air doesn’t get out. Seal any gaps located around doors and windows. 

Bring in Outdoor Plants 
If you want to maintain your vibrant, healthy plants for next year, we recommend bringing them inside so they’re not exposed to freezing weather. You’ll thank us next spring! 

Protect Your Pipes 
Insulate your outdoor and indoor pipes (i.e. interior pipes that are in unheated spaces like your garage or attic). You can purchase insulation at your local hardware store. 

Clean Your Fireplace 
First safety tip: Have a professional inspect your fireplace to make sure everything is working correctly, that it’s clean, and is ready for those holiday fires. 

Cover Your Water Heater 
Save money on your heating bill by preventing your hot water heater from losing heat as quickly. You can purchase a water heater insulation blanket at your local hardware store or online. 

Program Your Thermostat 
By easily programming your smart thermostat settings this winter, you can make sure you stay comfortable and keep some extra money in your pocket. 

Pull out the Blankets 
As the temperature starts falling, pull out those warm, comfortable blankets – the more, the better! Stay warm, add some textured style to your décor, and curl up on the couch in front of your freshly cleaned fireplace.