5 Steps to Winter-Proof Your Home

Winter is coming, and J.G?s Home Improvement is here to help you stay prepared. Keep these 5 helpful tips in mind to prevent major damage to your home and to save yourself some money this season!

1). Take Care of Drafty Doors and Windows

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average consumer can save between 5%-30% on their monthly utility bill just by identifying and taking care of drafts from doors and windows! Here are a few things you can do: 

  • If your home has a screen door, consider swapping it out for a storm door. If your current door has slots for glass inserts already, this investment will cost between $100 – $200 for new glass.
  • If you are able to spring for a larger-renovation, we recommend opting for storm windows. This type of window increases efficiency both in the winter and during the warmer months.
  • Consider using draft snakes around the house. These nifty little inserts are inexpensive, easy-to-install, and can make a big difference in keeping your house toasty!
  • Before winter arrives, identify gaps in the window frames. To detect leaks more easily, use a smoke pencil. Afterward, to fill the gaps, use caulking, spray foam, or weatherstripping (Approximately $10-$15).

2). Check Up on Outside Plumbing

Water expansion is a pipe’s worst enemy. Before temperatures drop, unscrew your garden hoses and identify any exposed water pipes outside that need insulation. Pipe insulation costs a few dollars and can prevent standing water from freezing and damaging your pipes.

3). Maintain Your Roof and Gutters

When it comes to your roof this winter, maintaining water flow should be a top priority. On the roof and within gutters and downspouts, be sure to minimize places where water can sit and freeze. In addition, consider giving us a call to have your roof inspected to ensure that your shingles are ready to take on the elements.

4). Monitor Energy Efficiency

If you are traveling this winter, rather than turning off your thermostat, we recommend setting your heating system to a minimum of 68 degrees. The goal here is to prevent frozen pipes and to lessen stress on your system from a cold start-up. In addition, if you are able to adjust the temperature of your water heater, we recommend setting it to 120 degrees. Most water heaters are set to 140 degrees, and by turning it down a bit, you can save up to 10% on your monthly bill.

5). Remove Snow From Your Walkways and Driveways

This winter, stay ahead of mother nature by hiring J.G?s Home Improvement for Snow and Ice Removal. We?re offering a hassle-free subscription service. When two or more inches of snow accumulate on your property, our team will automatically come to your home to keep your walkways and driveways clear. No need to pick up the phone! We are currently taking sign-ups for this subscription service. For more details, give our office a call at (304) 995-7106.

J.G’s Home Improvement is a team of general contractors licensed in the state of West Virginia. For over 20 years, we have proudly served Jefferson County, Berkely County, Morgan County, and the rest of the eastern panhandle. If you are considering a home renovation or are in need of a home repair, give us a call to schedule a free estimate.