We’ve had an unseasonably warm winter so far, so it’s no surprise many of us chose to take advantage and be out and about rather than focus on winterizing our homes.

Tis the season to be… WINTERIZED! If you haven’t already prepped for a long winter’s nap, then now is the time to get it done. You could combine installing lights with #3 on the list – Griswold all the way!

Here’s a quick hit list that should only take a couple hours to complete:

  1. Check for Drafts:Inspect windows and doorway for seeping cold air. Stopping that expensive cold air from coming in could be as simple as refreshing the caulk or adding some weather stripping. A quick trip to the hardware store for window insulation kits can save you hundreds in heating costs through the cold season.
  2. Inspect Heating Systems:The last thing you want is for the furnace to go kaput in the middle of a long winter’s night. Have a professional stop in to make sure your system is running efficiently. Make sure you replace your filters, more frequent filter changes can help reduce spread of colds and other ick during the winter. If you have a fireplace that you regularly use, get it cleaned out.
  3. Clean the Gutters:If you’re up there hanging lights, might as well get this done too! Allowing gutters to stay clogged during the winter is an invitation for freezing standing water, mold, mildew and a great place for pests to lay their little eggs. It’s a LOT easier now than waiting to pick axe a couple inches off ice off later.
  4. Reverse Ceiling Fans:This should only take a minute, but will help you better heat your home and save you money. Ceiling fans should be running clockwise during the winter allowing warm air to circulate throughout your home.
  5. Invest in a Programmable Thermostat:Installing a programmable thermostat can save you hundreds in heating costs. Setting the ‘stat to coincide with the times you’re out of the home to a lower temp then having is heat up just before you usually get home is a great way to stay cozy and save money.

These easy tips are great basic home winterization techniques. Save some money and stay warm!