Duke Warner Realty

Winterizing Your Home

Winter is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start preparing for ultra-cold temperatures. It can be an intimidating task, especially if you’re a first-time homeowner. 

Here, you’ll find tips on how to avoid damage to your home during the winter. Keep reading to find out how to protect your living space.

Start Outside

Clean out your gutters and position the downspouts away from your home’s foundation. If there are any tree branches hanging over your home, cut them away – they can be a danger to your roof if snow builds up and causes them to fall.

Pay Attention to Windows and Doors

The weatherstripping on your windows and doors should be secure. That way, cold air can’t sneak in through the gaps. If it isn’t secure, pick up some self-sticking weatherstripping so your windows and doors close more tightly.

Where There is Water, There Will Be Ice

Water lines (located in your attic or crawl spaces) in new and old homes are important. Make sure to wrap them in insulation, using heat tape – and make sure the heat tape is plugged in and working! Some crawl spaces have vents that let air circulate, so close those in the winter to prevent drafts.


Control the humidity in your home with a humidifier, as this will keep frost from forming. A good humidity level for the winter is around 35-45%, but when temperatures fall below 10 degrees Fahrenheit, set it closer to 20%.

Prepare Faucets

To keep your pipes from freezing, let a small trickle run continuously through your faucet. You can also open the under-sink cabinet doors to make sure warm air circulates around the pipes.

Programmable Thermostat

With a programmable thermostat, you can set your desired temperature and be done with it. This allows you to save money on your energy bill and feel comfortable all throughout the winter.

You're Set for Winter

Winter is a beautiful time of year, and following these tips will allow you to enjoy the season to the fullest in a warm, comfortable home.
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