Winter can be hard on your home, but a person can prepare ahead of time for this with a few simple steps. With only a little money and some work you can get your home ready for the harshest winter.
Check around doors and windows for gaps or missing caulk. Fill in any gaps with caulk and be sure to replace old caulk that is not working. You may need a backer rod for large gaps. For really large gaps, use the spray foam insulation. These types of gaps may be located around pipes or vents. Be sure to follow the directions on the can as the foam expands and can cause damage if too much is used. You can later trim and paint the foam as needed. Completely follow the directions on the caulk or spray foam so that the gap will be sealed and the seal will not fall out in the middle of winter.
Make sure all attic, heater, fire place, and other vents are clean and not blocked. Remove all debris around the vents and make sure there is nothing present that may cause a future blockage. Use a leaf blower or air gun to blow out the attic vents. This will remove all the debris that is inside the vents. Use a dryer vent brush to clean the inside of the dryer vent. This will remove all the lint and prevent a fire from starting. Lastly, cut a bushes or limbs that may be near any vent.
Use clear plastic and staple gun to put up a cover on the outside of a large patio door. The plastic on the outside will prevent the elements from getting to the door and will provide an extra air layer for insulation. The plastic will need to be stabled to the frame of the door. If you can not staple the plastic up, use a double sided tape made for outdoor applications to hold up the plastic. The tape may not hold as well as the staples but it will work to hold the plastic.
Make sure all windows are well insulated. If needed, a plastic window insulation kit may be put up on the inside of the window or a plastic sheet or storm window can be used on the outside. Follow the directions on the window insulation kit for proper use and care of the insulation. Some new windows do not need any insulation.
By following these simple steps a homeowner will be able to make his/her home ready for the winter and will prevent issues that may arise during the cold months.