Fall is waiting in the wings of our soon to be chilled lives, which means colder weather is just off stage. Winter also brings heavier clothes and all the snow we love so much. A winterized house needs preparation and maintenance.
Your attic may require another layer of insulation. Most contractors agree that the least acceptable standard is R-30 insulation. One technique used to prevent the formation of ice dams and warm air from reaching your roof is to add additional insulation to your attic. This is especially essential if temps drop below 32 degrees in the winter. In order for caulking to work, it must be applied to all interior and exterior window, door and glass trims. Do not forget to examine electrical outlets and pipes to ensure you're not losing heat through cracks entering or leaving the walls.
Insulated windows and doors can help keep out the cold and you should put them in if you have them. If your windows are aging, you may want to invest in the warmth that storm windows with modern insulated glass can offer. Prime and paint exposed wood if you have decided to replace cracked windows.
Yearly inspections are recommended in order to guarantee the proper maintenance and usage of house heaters and air conditioners. Also think about changing to a digital thermostat. If you have a furnace, stock up on filters and change them monthly. A certified chimney sweep needs to inspect and clean any existing chimneys in an effort for them to perform properly.
You have to winterize the outside of your home as well. Water pipes that are open to the freezing air should be insulated and outdoor water faucets must be turned off. Watch out for areas near your home's foundation where water may cause puddles. Either trim them yourself or use an expert tree trimmer to trim trees away from your home and get rid of dead trees and branches. Rock salt, snow shovels and sand are also important items to stock up on during the chillier months.