Winter is that time of year when just about everything around your house undergoes extra stress. Protecting your indoor environments from moisture, damage, and cold is serious business. To prevent problems with your home that may occur in the middle of the coldest season, here are ways to winterize your house.
Check, clean, or replace furnace filters
Clean filters protect your indoor air from health-affecting debris and keep your furnace running with better airflow and lower energy demand. If you need furnace repair, All Hours Plumbing and HVAC noted that technicians can also advise you on the kind of filters that are more effective, such as HEPA and electrostatic filters, which work a lot better than the cheap, disposable fiberglass type.
Don’t leave your window AC to the mercy of the elements
Drain all the water that may have pooled in the hoses and spigots of your air conditioners. Use your air conditioning’s water shutoff valve (if it comes with one). Remove window air conditioners and store them in a safe and dry area. Removing them and covering the hole in the wall with an insulating cover can protect you from drafts.
Check your doors for drafts
Drafts can keep your home cold and make your furnace work harder. Check your doors for drafts and install under-door draft stoppers. A rolled-up towel or a scrap of fabric filled with kitty litter may work just as well.
Give your windows better insulation
For a few dollars, you can buy a DIY window plastic insulation kit. That and a hairdryer can make your windows better able to prevent the transfer of cold through a glass and any seams your windows may have. The plastic is clear, so it doesn’t affect your windows’ aesthetics.
For more serious protection from drafts, you may use caulk and weather stripping. If you don’t mind unsightly insulation, it’s the best way to protect you from air leaks in walls, windows, and doors.
Any of these steps may lower your energy use and keep your home protected through the winter. It’s important to work on your home’s winterization before the season changes.