Wednesday, October 25, 2017
By Carol  Simenson
Preparing Your Home for Winter

We all know it is coming…another North Dakota winter. We can prepare ourselves for the chilly season ahead with parkas, gloves, and boots. But what can we do to prepare our homes for the inevitable frigid temperatures coming our way? 

Here are some great tips on how to get you and your property ready for winter:

  • Check windows and doors for drafts.

  • Install a door sweep to seal out drafts from the bottom of your door.

  • Add or replace weatherstripping for your doors and/or windows, or apply caulk to any gaps around the trim.

  • Use window coverings like curtains, drapes and blinds to provide more insulation and help block drafts.

  • Make sure your fireplace is ready by having the chimney inspected and cleaned.

  • Check your furnace filter and replace regularly. Dirty furnace filters can reduce air flow and energy-efficiency.

  • Make sure your home’s heating vents are not blocked by anything.

  • Reverse your ceiling fans and run the blades slowly clockwise. The fan will produce an updraft and push down heated air from the ceiling into the room.

  • Add extensions to downspouts to help divert water farther away from your home.

  • Install a programmable thermostat to keep your temperature consistent and help you save on fuel costs.

  • Drain the water from your outdoor faucets, and store garden hoses inside.

  • Put away or store your outdoor items away like patio furniture, your grill or anything snow should not cover.

  • Clean your gutters – clogged gutters can cause ice dams to form and will keep your drainage systems from working properly. 

Utilizing these tips will protect you and your property from the elements this season.