When it comes to preparing your home for the bitter cold of winter, there are a ton of steps that you can take. What it really comes down to is, how prepared do you want to be, and how much work you want to put into it? You can simply turn the thermostat up and call it a day, or you can go as in depth as renovating your entire heating system and insulating every draft location in the home. It is personal preference and whatever you decide, we have a detailed list for the best ways to proof your home to keep you cozy and comfortable all winter long.

The best (and most common) way to get your home ready for winter is to make sure your heating system is up to date and running smoothly. Make sure the furnace is firing and the filters are clean. You can check out our blog on furnaces for more information on that topic. Another relatively unknown, but super effective tactic is to run your ceiling fans in reverse if you have any. This will actually redistribute the warmer air throughout the space.

Our next method for keeping the house winterized and prepped is to seal all drafts coming into the home. Drafts allow two bad things to happen, they let the hot air that you pay for make its way out and they allow the uncomfortable cold air to make its way in. Neither of those are ideal, and here are two ways for you to fix it.
The cheap and easy way: Simply grab some fabric, roll it up, and cover the draft. Plain, simple, and highly effective. Although it does require you to reset it every single time that you open that fixture, and it generally doesn’t look very appealing.

The second option is to get yourself a nice set of storm doors/windows. Storm equipment is incredibly effective year round, as it keeps the air you want in and the air you don’t want out. They can get pricey, but for how long they will last and how much money they will save you over time they will be well worth the investment. Another additional feature of these storm fixtures is the mounting value they add to your property, should you be looking to sell the home in the near future.

Additional things that you can also do are simple methods like leaving your cabinets open to allow for better warm air flow, this will help prevent frozen pipes by letting that warm air effect the cold spots in your cupboards and cabinets. Insulating important pipes in the home with foam wraps/strips is also an extremely effective way of ensuring the fixtures that you want to keep warm, stay warm. If you end up wanting to insulate and cover drafts in the home, one that many people forget about is the big garage door that likely has the largest draft in the entire home. Be sure to keep the big guy sealed up tight.