Tips to Winterize your Home

October 25, 2006--Posted at 10:30 pm

JONESBORO-- Cold weather can bring lots of hassles around the house, but a few tasks can save you a lot of winter weather approaches, the better you winterize your home, the more money you'll save.

"Most people this time of year are looking to winterize their home. Whether it's buying caulk to go around their window, weather striping to snug up doors, even on older homes they're looking for plastic to cover the windows," Harold Hoots of Barton's says.

Hoots says it's important to check out your doors and windows... Anywhere you see light coming in is where you need more insulation.

But there are a few other products that may come in handy.

"Pipe wrap to keep your pipes safe in the wintertime, there's heat tapes to go on your pipes to make sure they don't freeze, they put vent covers on vents around their foundations. They use water heater blankets to help hold heat in the water heater especially if it's in a carport garage or something. A lot of small detail can save a lot of money overtime," Hoots says.

In most cases, a family can efficiently winterize their home for under $1 hundred.

These small things will cost much less than repairs.

In addition thousands of people seek medical attention for carbon monoxide exposure each year... It's odor lees, prevalent among homes with gas heat, and can kill.

"Get smoke alarms if you don't have them. If you're burning gas, be sure to have carbon monoxide detectors. It's easier to be safe now than face the consequences for it later," Hoots says.

Using exterior faucet covers and thoroughly insulating your attic can also be helpful.