Winterizing Your Home for the North Idaho Area

North Idaho Homes Builder Blog

As the leaves change and temperatures drop, it’s time to prepare your home for the winter season. Winterizing your home not only ensures a warm and cozy living space but also helps you save on energy bills and costly repairs. Premier Quality Homes provides 12 steps to prepare for and enjoy winter in the Coeur d’ Alene and Sandpoint areas:

1. Check Your Heating System

Start by scheduling a professional HVAC system inspection. This will ensure that your heating system is in good working order. Change the air filters, if needed, and consider a tune-up to optimize efficiency.

2. Insulate and Seal

Inspect your home for drafts around windows and doors. Seal any gaps or cracks with weatherstripping or caulk to prevent cold air from entering and warm air from escaping. An easy way to check for air leaks around windows and doors is with a BBQ lighter. You will know where the air leaks are by how the flame reacts.

3. Protect Pipes and Plumbing

Frozen pipes can lead to costly repairs. Insulate exposed pipes with pipe wrap or foam insulation to prevent freezing. Let faucets drip during extremely cold nights to keep water flowing and avoid freezing.

4. Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Clogged gutters can lead to ice dams and water damage. Clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure proper water drainage.

5. Roof Inspection

Check your roof for missing or damaged shingles. Address any issues promptly to prevent leaks and costly repair jobs.

6. Stock Up on Winter Essentials

Make sure you have an ample supply of essentials like rock salt or ice melt, snow shovels, and winter tools. A well-prepared home includes a well-stocked winter toolkit to handle snow and ice buildup effectively.

7. Reverse Ceiling Fans

Change the direction of your ceiling fans to clockwise to help distribute warm air more effectively. This can make your home feel warmer and reduce the need for additional heating.

8. Service Generator

Many homes in North Idaho have a generator system of some type. Make sure your system is in working order in the fall and make any necessary repairs or maintenance before the winter season.

9. Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Winter is the season when fireplaces and heating systems are in use. Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working correctly and replace batteries if necessary.

10. Create a Winter Emergency Kit

Prepare an emergency kit that includes flashlights, blankets, non-perishable food, and a battery-operated radio in case of power outages or winter storms.

11. Service Snow Removal Equipment

If you have a snow blower or other snow removal equipment, make sure it’s in good working condition. Stock up on fuel and have necessary tools ready for snow removal.

12. Schedule a Chimney Sweep

If you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove, schedule a chimney sweep to clean out soot and debris. This not only improves efficiency but also reduces the risk of chimney fires. I recommend cleaning your fireplace in the spring so it is ready to use in fall and winter. If you have a propane tank, make sure to fill it up in the fall.

Winterizing your home is an investment in comfort, energy efficiency, and safety. By taking these steps, you’ll ensure that your home is ready to withstand the winter chill while keeping your family warm and cozy all season long.

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