Winterizing Your Home Checklist – Annapolis Handyman

Winterizing Your Home Checklist – Annapolis Handyman

Annapolis Handyman has a great checklist for winterizing your home. Check out the list below to keep your home warm and help save you money!

  • Fix Door Drafts – According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5% to 30% of your energy use. Make sure that all doors in your home are properly sealed with weatherstripping, door seals and door sweeps.
  • Fix Window Drafts – Older windows create a huge energy drain on your home. They also can make your home drafty and uncomfortable in the winter. Make sure that windows are properly closed and caulked. Installing window insulation kits in the winter will add a buffer against drafts and extra still air space can give a nice boost to your homes ability to hold heat.
  • Caulking and Weatherstripping – It pays to seal up your gaps in your home with caulking and weatherstripping. Places where two different building materials meet, such as corners, around chimneys, where pipes or wires exit and along the foundation are all places where heating and cooling can sneak out of your home.
  • Insulate Your Exposed Pipes – Insulating your exposed pipes can help protect pipes in open areas of the home (such as an unfinished basement or garage) from freezing as well as save money by keeping hot water in the pipes warmer for longer. Make sure that external faucets are turned off from inside the home and install an outdoor insulator on all external hose connections.
  • Water Heater Checkup – Did you know your hot water heater needs to be properly maintained to operate efficiently and save your money? Draining your hot water heater, ensuring the proper temperature setting (120 degrees instead of 140) and making sure it is properly insulated are all things that can help you save money.
  • Gutter Cleaning – Dirty and poorly maintained gutters full of leaves and dirt or not properly attached can cause major problems in the winter. Melting snow that cannot drain properly can cause ice dams to form on your roof causing damage to shingles and leak into your home causing serious damage to your home’s interior.
  • Change Heat Pump Filter – If your home has a heat pump make sure that filter is clean and the proper rating for your system. A dirty or improper air filter could cause your home to not heat properly and cost you money.
  • Check The Fireplace – Make sure that the fireplace flue is closed when it is not in use. Also make sure a professional cleans your fireplace before you use it to prevent soot buildups from causing a fire in your home.
  • Seal Baseboards – An easy to overlook spot in your home, improperly sealed baseboards along exterior walls may be letting cold air into your home. Make sure they are properly caulked and painted.
  • Reverse Your Ceiling Fans – Reversing your ceiling fans direction from the summer operation, the fan will push warm air downward and force it to re-circulate, keeping you more comfortable.
  • Check your Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Make sure the batteries in your home smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. Fire officials say detectors should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Check your air vents – Vents and air returns need to be unobstructed and clean for your systems to operate correctly. Also, close vents in rooms that are rarely used to ensure the warm air is flowing to the spaces where you need it.
  • Attic Checkup – Make sure your attic is properly insulated and vented. Consider insulating the attic access to seal the attic from the rest of the home to prevent drafts from invading.

If you are not familiar with how to do some of these tasks, contact Kustom Kastle for a FREE ESTIMATE to winterize your home today. Call us at 240-528-8220 or email us at

November 5, 2012 / Blog

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