The arrival of winter brings many things –– some good and some not so good. Christmas markets, festive food and holiday cheer certainly all fall into the good. While snow storms, icy roads and relentless cold weather definitely fall the other way. It’s not just you that notices this difference, either. Your home is on the front line against these seasonal differences. For this reason, giving your house or apartment a helping hand will help prevent unwanted problems, like burst pipes and cold drafts, and save you money in the process.
Winterizing your home is an important process each and every year. A badly prepared home will not only feel less comfortable throughout the winter, it will also leak money from every orifice, leading to horrifying electricity and gas bills.
Luckily, the winterization process is relatively simple, and there are any number of steps you can take to protect your home, depending on the type of place you live in. These steps include preventing outdoor problems by cleaning your gutters and planting a tree line or protecting indoor spaces by sealing up drafts and insulating your boiler.
To get you on the right path to a warmer, cheaper winter, we’ve put together a list of the key elements required to get your home ready for the winter. We’ve included everything from a carbon-monoxide detector to a tree species for planting a protective tree line. You’ll also find an advanced thermostat which helps optimize your home to minimize wasted energy.
So make sure your home is ready for winter with this list of handy hints, and don’t find yourself sitting in bed with three sweaters on because the boiler’s broken and there’s a draft you just can’t seem to locate.
1. Kidde Nighthawk Carbon Monoxide Detector Alarm
Above all else, it’s important to ensure your home is safe. This is especially true during the winter when more appliances will be running inside a confined environment. The wall-mounted
2. Frost King Natural Cotton Pipe Wrap
BEST MONEY-SAVING PICK
By adding this
3. Papillon Foam Insulation Tape Adhesive
4. 3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit
BEST FOR WINDOW INSULATION
When it comes to providing insulation for your windows, there are few better options than this
5. deeToolMan Door Draft Stopper
BEST FOR DOOR DRAFTS
One of the worst drafts you can have in your home is under your doors. Left unchecked, these open spaces can prevent your home from ever reaching a comfortable warmth, especially on sub-freezing nights. Adding the
6. Filtrete AC Furnace Air Filter
BEST ANYTIME MAINTENANCE PICK
Even though winter is when the filters in your AC and heating systems will do most of their work, there’s never a bad time to change them. By regularly cleaning or changing your filters, you maximize your system’s efficiency and longevity. These
7. COSFLY Air Conditioner Cover
BEST FOR WEATHER PROTECTION
As you’re not going to be using your AC during the winter (unless it does heating and cooling), it’s a good idea to protect your outdoor unit from the harsh weather in order to increase its lifespan. This
8. Frost King Water Heater Insulation Blanket
EASIEST TO INSTALL
Another product designed for minimizing heat loss is the
9. Miloo Attic Stairs Insulation Cover
LEAST OBVIOUS ADDITION
If you’ve ever ventured into your attic in winter, you’ll already know the temperature difference is significant. As heat rises, it’s little surprise these cavities are a significant site of heat loss. Most people pad their loft with insulation, but many forget to cover the access hole. This
10. Chimney Balloon® Inflatable Blocker
BEST FOR CHIMNEY DRAFTS
Another of the major drafts you’ll encounter during the winter is through your chimney. Obviously, if you use your fireplace and chimney use, don’t block it. But, for households where the chimney is no longer used, installing a blocker like this
11. Brighter Blooms Arborvitae Evergreen Trees
BEST LONG-TERM ANSWER
While most of the fixes on our list deal with preventing heat from escaping your home, these
12. Google Nest Learning Thermostat