I think winterizing is one of those things that absolutely differs from region to region… so my post is really about what I do to winterize here in New England. Let’s chat in the comments about other things to do, hmm?
1. Shut off the outside faucets! Pipes freeze, yo. So once you no longer need to water outdoor plants, shut off the valve for your outdoor pipes. It’s super easy- if the valve handle lines up with the pipe it’s on, if it sticks out away from it it’s off:
2. Get your furnace cleaned. This is an every 2-3 years thing, but for energy efficiency and fire-hazard reasons you should get this cleaned out regularly and before you turn the heat on for the first time that year.
3. Seal up your windows. This can mean a few different things:
- Plastic over the windows helps prevent the chill from getting in. We do this just in the basement because it’s in a different heating zone and we’ve had pipes freeze down there. A whole kit at Big Lots was about $12 and comes with sticky tape for around your windows (that will not leave a residue!) and plastic, then you use a blow dryer to firm it up.
- Check your molding- if there’s not a sealed seam between your molding and your wall around the windows caulk it up. That’s where some serious drafts come from.
- Roll up some old newspaper or foam to put in between your screen and glass pane. I don’t know why, but dad does this so I do this. So there!
What else can you think of? Let’s help each other out here.
For the month of October, I will be participating in The Nester’s 31 day challenge.