How to Prepare Your Home for Winter
Preparing your home for winter can be incorporating several tasks prior to December or for milder climates, after the holidays. In fact, climate areas such as Alabama and Florida may experience harsher winter weather following the holidays than any other time. If you are preparing for colder winter months or for a colder winter than usual, here are some ways to prepare your home for winter.
Insulating Door Frames
Insulating doorframes is one of the easiest ways to prepare your home for winter. It isn't that you may have insulation around your doorframes there may be issues with the current insulation. Check your doorframes to make sure there are no cracks or gaps in the insulation and note where any cracks or gaps appear. You can buy insulation at local hardware stores or stores such as Walmart and Target. Placing the insulation is fairly easy. Most insulation only requires that you cut and place the insulation around the doorframe while others may require some taping or tacking. Insulating your doorframes can cost less than $20 for the entire home.
Insulating your Windows is the second step in preparing your home for the winter. You will want to make sure that all of your windows are double or triple pained. If you live in an area that does not require double pane windows or triple pane windows it you will want to purchase a window winterizing insulation kits. These kits are generally made up of some form of film that is applied to your windows and around the window pane itself. This will insulate not only the Windows but also the surrounding wooden or metal frame in order to keep out harsh winter conditions. These kits will also cut down on condensation build up around the window areas.
Insulating outdoor pipes and under the house exposed pipes is also part of preparing your home for winter. You can buy pipe installation at hardware stores, Walmart or Target for less than $20. If you cannot obtain pipe insulation you can also wrap your pipes in several layers of towels and outdoor tape in order to insulate them from harsh freezing conditions. You will also want to make sure the pipes are open to avoid freezing.
Every home has areas that are draftier can normal. These areas are generally around attics, basements and storage rooms. You will want to make sure that these areas are insulated to prevent any air or winter conditions from leaking into the home. If you have draft areas around attics and basements who want to make sure that the attics and basements are winterized properly before moving forward with containing the draft that may still be present.