Winterizing Your Home

Winter Check list

Since summer has left us and we are now in the fall season, it’s time to start thinking about Winter preparations in our homes. Below is just a small checklist of some things we should be looking out for to save energy and ensure our safety during the winter months.


 Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning

• If you have a fireplace, check for drafts. If it’s cold despite

the damper being closed, the damper may be warped or

worn out.

• Clean and replace your furnace filter.

• Cover your air conditioning condensing units and

swamp coolers.

• If you have an older thermostat, replace it with an

inexpensive programmable one to save on heating costs.

• Switch your ceiling fans to the reverse or

clockwise position, which will push warm air down to the

• Flush your water heater tank to remove sediment.

• If you have a propane tank, check to ensure the fill level is

adequate for your needs.

 Safety Tips

• Verify that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

are working. It’s a good idea to replace the batteries in all

smoke alarms when the change to daylight savings time

takes place.

• Have a winter emergency kit in your car that contains the

following minimum items: blanket, food like “trail mix”,

flashlight, first aid kit, tow strap, matches, “Sterno” heat

cans, flares, bungee cords, rope, and hand warmers. Don’t

forget to take a few water bottles with you when you travel

in the winter. For additional winter driving safety tips visit:


Outside and Around the Home

• Check your roof for damaged shingles and replace to

prevent leaks during the winter.

• Check that your gutters are clean and free of debris and

downspouts are securely fastened.

• Weatherize your lawn mowers and trimmers.

• Restock your supply of Ice Melt or other de-icers.

• If you have a trailer or 5th wheel, do not forget about

winterizing it by draining the water heater and flushing

it with antifreeze.

• Check all the weather stripping around windows and

doorframes. Feel for cool air coming through and replace

any weather stripping as needed.

• Check the caulking around your windows and doors and

replace if needed.

• Shut off and cover all outside faucets.

• Roll up all hoses and store away.

• If you have heat tape on your water pipes, now’s a good

time to plug them back in and make sure they’re working.

• Winterize your sprinkler system.

• Last but not least, break out your snow shovel and/or

Have a safe and enjoyable winter!