5 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter
Before the first snowfall is here, watch as home maintenance expert See Jane Drill shares five ways to help get your home ready for winter.
LEAH: Hi everybody, I’m Leah of See Jane Drill. And I’m here today with Allstate Insurance. Now what I’m going to be doing is, I’m going to show you some things that you can do that are easy, inexpensive, to prepare your house for the cold months ahead.
LEAH: Now let’s start with safety. Carbon monoxide alarms may be the wisest investment you make this winter. We run our furnaces during the winter, and that can create problems with carbon monoxide. It’s odorless, and you can’t smell it and you can’t see it, so having one of these alarms is a pretty smart thing to do.
LEAH: Now you want to have an alarm on every level of your house, and close to the sleeping area. Now if you’re wondering, do I put it on ceiling or the wall, you can place it anywhere on the wall or ceiling, cause carbon monoxide, it disperses evenly in a room. So you don’t have to worry about being up high, or being down too low.
LEAH: Now if you already have a carbon monoxide alarm installed, like this one here, now’s a good time of year to test these batteries to make certain that they’re still good, and if they’re not, then replace them.
(Presses button, and alarm beeps several times)
LEAH: Okay, now we know that this one is good.
LEAH: A really easy inexpensive way to cut down on drafts in a home is by using cord weatherstripping.
LEAH: Okay now this cord weatherstrip comes in rolls and you just peel off what you need. Now what I really like about it is the fact that it remains pliable. So at the end of the season you just remove it.
LEAH: Now this is a patio door, and patio doors are notorious for cold weather drafts. Now before you apply your corded weatherstripping, what we want to make certain of is that our surface is nice and clean, so that our cord adheres to the surface. So you take your cord and you place it on the crack you’re trying to fill. And apply firm pressure. And then at the end of the winter season, it removes easily.
LEAH: Now one of the places where there are cold drafts in the winter that people forget about, is believe it or not is your receptacles and your light switch boxes. And these sealers are perfect for stopping those drafts.
LEAH: So first you make certain that you cut the power off to outlet or the light switch that you’re going to be working on. And you want to concentrate primarily on exterior walls.
LEAH: Now it’s time for us to install our, you know, our outlet sealer. Now what we have to do is we have to punch out those centers to get them to conform to our outlet. Just take your time. Now we’re going to take it and we’re going to place it on the outlet.
LEAH: Now it’s time for us to replace our outlet cover. There we go. Now you want to continue on to the other outlets and light switches.
LEAH: If you’re concerned about your outside faucet freezing, then you’ll want to use one of these styrofoam cones.
LEAH: Now a faucet protector, that’s what this is, it’s the easiest thing to apply. Let me show you how it’s done.
LEAH: So here’s our faucet. We’re going to take this and we’re going to hook it on the faucet handle.
LEAH: Last but not least it’s the time of year when you should think about stocking up on those winter essentials like ice melt, have some firewood if you have a wood-burning fireplace or wood-burning stove, and you don’t want to forget a shovel. You don’t want to wait until the last minute, when that first snowflake hits the ground, then things are flying off the shelf, you want to make certain that you have these items.
LEAH: Now hopefully I’ve shared a few things with you that will help you prepare your house for the winter months ahead. This is Leah, saying you can do this. See you next time.