Winterize Your Home
Leaks: Replace worn weather stripping and caulk. Replace old windows or install plastic window seal. Attach draft stoppers to doors. Hire a contractor to perform blower test to find leaks. Install foam gaskets behind wall switch plates. Close fireplace damper when not in use. Close crawlspace vents in summer and winter.
Heating: Hire professionals to clean, check system. Replace air filters monthly. Use a setback thermostat. In winter, set ceiling fans to blow upward.
Insulation: Check for adequate insulation— floor, wall, and ceiling.
Outside: Trim trees. Clean gutters. Install chimney screen to block leaves. Keep snow, ice away from garage door. Check condition of steps and rails. Drain gasoline from lawn mowers.