6 Ways to Prep for Whatever Winter Throws Your Way

From mild cold to frigid temps and everything in between, prep for whatever this winter throws your way in six steps.

  1. Make exterior repairs. In DC, winter snow and ice can take you by surprise - and wreak havoc on your home. Check for signs of damage to your roof, siding, and foundation. If you spot anything that needs repair, schedule it as soon as possible.
  2. Mind the gaps. It can be hard to get comfortable in a drafty house, and colder weather may even bring in critters looking for warm places to make a home. Check for and be sure to fill small holes and cover any larger gaps. Use heavy-duty hardware cloth to keep the wildlife (and cold air) outdoors.
  3. Add weatherstripping. Applying this handy, low-cost item around the frames of windows and doors helps boost winter warmth and cut energy costs - well worth a trip to the hardware store! Also, add door sweeps to the base of drafty doors to keep heat in and cold air out.
  4. Remove window A/C units. If your window air conditioning units are still installed from the summer, remove them as soon as possible to help reduce energy waste. If you leave must window A/C units in, cover the entire exterior of the unit with an insulating wrap to keep cold air out.
  5. Comfort for winter and beyond. A trained auditor can assess your home’s current energy efficiency. They'll give you a list of recommended improvements you can make to stay comfortable this winter and through the rest of the year.
  6. Heat things up. As you head into the coldest months of winter, your chimney and furnace or boiler should be clean and in working order. Add a chimney cap if you don’t already have one — it will stop critters from crawling down your chimney!

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