1. Warm Weather Home Winterizing Checklist
  • Warm Weather Winterizing Checklist

    December 14, 2018

    Even if you live in a mild climate, be sure to prep your home for cooler temperatures.

    Seasonal changes are a helpful reminder to be more air-aware. Even if the city where you live doesn’t experience a winter with snow or below-zero temperatures, it’s still important to winterize your home. Use this quick checklist to prep your home for the winter months.

    • 1. Dust thoroughly.

      In warmer-weather locales, winter brings more wind than snow or ice. The fall-to-winter shift whirls up lots of household dust, cobwebs and allergens that can creep into our living spaces, so give your home a thorough dusting to remove buildup.

      2. Replace air filters.

      Filtrete™ Filters should be changed at least every three months, but many factors can impact the life of your filter (think: pets, cooking, remodeling, open windows, candles and fireplace usage). The Filtrete™ Smart App takes the guesswork out of the reminder and replacement process. Make sure your mobile notifications are turned on, and you’ll receive real-time updates when it’s time for a change. Plus, you can order a new filter directly from the app.

      3. Seal and insulate.

      Preventing air from escaping your home can save you up to 10 percent on your energy bills each year*. Do this by adding weather stripping to doors, caulking windows, and sealing air leaks, gaps, and holes around exterior walls. Heavy drapes and window coverings can help with draftiness, but when it comes to replacing insulation inside the walls, hire a pro to check things out.

      4. Inspect your HVAC and check your thermostat.

      Make sure your hard-working heating and cooling system is functioning well, and consider installing a smart thermostat and/or programming it to save money and energy.

      5. Check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

      Replace batteries where needed, and test for safety to make sure everything is working properly, especially if you use a wood-burning fireplace, which puts more smoke into the air.

      6. Hire a chimney sweep.

      If you have a fireplace, have it inspected and cleaned to enjoy more efficient fires. 

      Sources:

      *Energy Star