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Posted 01/24/2018 in PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

How to Winterize an Old House | Helpful Tips and Checklist


How to Winterize an Old House | Helpful Tips and Checklist

Updated: 12/20/2023

Hi folks! So….unless you live south of the equator, in say Australia, then you may have noticed that it’s winter. Yeah, I know. What, did the cold weather, snow, and ice give it away? Anyway, the good news is that spring is just on the horizon, but until then, you may want to take a few small steps to ensure your Old House is ready to take on winter like a champ! Let's learn How To Winterize An Old House!

Sometimes, our older homes can be drafty and cold, but most can be remedied fairly easily, and in a cost effective manner.

If the cold winter weather hasn’t chilled you to the bone this winter, there is a good chance that your utility bill has, especially with the early winter that most of us have been experiencing all over the globe.  Never fear though, throw another log on the fire, check out these warning signs, tips, and a handy winter weather checklist below from our friends over at This Old House:


Winter Weatherproofing Tips

  • Door air sealing

  • Window air sealing

  • Window A/C unit sealing

  • Maximizing your heating and managing your heating bill


https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/winter-weatherproofing-tips

https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/keeping-warm-less


  • Also, keep gutters and downspouts CLEAN and CLEAR, and INTACT so ice and snow melt don’t force water in places you don’t want – Roof, decking, behind flashing, etc

  • Don't forget to winterize your A/C unit!

 

         


Winter Weather Warning Signs

  • Listen up, folks! If temperatures are below freezing, snow should not be melting off your roof unless heavy sunlight is present for long times.

  • Look for snow melt and/or icicles at the drip edge/eaves/gutters.



  • Look for “hot spots” on the roof deck. This could indicate that hot air is escaping from inside the home, and into the attic.





How To Winterize An Old House - The Fix?


  •  Air Sealing How to Winterize an Old House

  • Air Sealing - sealing drafts around doors, windows, and any penetrations to the outside. This includes around baseboards and electrical light switches and receptacles. 

  • Proper Insulation Levels - Walls, Attic, Rim Joist

  • and more...

For more discussion on this topic, post your questions and comments below. Stay tuned for Part 2: Air Sealing and Insulation  - don’t miss it!

 

 


Best of luck, and keep on Fixing!   

Christopher Hewett My Old House Fix









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