Winterization of Your Home

Winterization of Your Home

Learn how to winterize your house in this Invitation Homes "Know Your Home" video.


Kurt: Hi, I’m Kurt with Invitation Homes, and today we’re going to talk about how to winterize your home.

Do you live in an area that is prone to freezing temperatures in the winter? If so, you could save yourself money as well as protect your family home and possessions by following a few simple steps. Shut off exterior faucets. Remove any hoses and cover with a cold weather faucet cover. Remove leaves, dirt, and pine needles between the boards of wooden decks and stairs. Replace the air filters in the furnace, and test your furnace to ensure that it works properly.

Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace batteries if necessary. Switch fans to reverse, or clockwise position so they blow upward to push warm air down from the ceiling to the floor. Clean gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris to prevent flooding and water damage. Set the heat no lower than 62 degrees Fahrenheit when leaving the home for vacation or when leaving the home for any extended period of time to protect pipes from freezing. Opening cabinet doors under sinks to allow air in can also help to prevent pipes from freezing.

Check that all air supply and return vents are open and not covered or blocked. And be sure to move all items away from any baseboard wall heaters before turning them on this season. Keep in mind that for every degree you lower your thermostat, you will save 1 to 4 percent of your heating bill, but don’t set it below 62 degrees or you might risk frozen pipes.

Additional videos about several of the tips listed in this video are covered at our Know Your Home video series on our website at

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