How to Winterize Your Connecticut Home

Winter always poses challenges for those who live in the Northeast. From sleet and snow to an ongoing chill that seeps through the cracks, Connecticut homeowners have to prepare and winterize their home for the long, cold winter ahead.

Winterizing your home can put an end to such issues, so it’s worth learning more about comfort-boosting improvements that can also end up saving you money on your energy bill.

Here’s a look at some tips to winterize your Connecticut home.

Review or Update Your Dayville Homeowners Insurance

Before you head out to the hardware store or order items online, it’s essential to review and potentially update your homeowners’ insurance. Having Dayville Homeowners Insurance is a must for local homeowners, but making sure you’re ready for the potential pitfalls of winter is crucial to saving money and protecting against the wide range of effects that failing to winterize presents.

Attic Insulation

An effective use of insulation in your home is in your attic. Unfortunately, most homes in the Northeast don’t come with insulation, or at least not enough of it. A properly insulated attic floor helps prevent heated air in the rooms below from flowing into the attic above. It’s also just as essential to caulk all ceiling cracks, such as holes around pipes, ducts, and wires, and place an insulated cover over the attic door.

Caulk Cracks

Speaking of caulking, homeowners can keep the chills away by doing this simple task throughout their homes. Use a high-quality acrylic-latex caulk and fill any air-leaking gaps that you can find. Pay close attention to the outside of windows, hose faucets, doors, and where the siding overlaps the home’s foundation.

Hot Water Pipe Insulation

You can reduce heat loss and increase energy savings by insulating all of your hot water pipes. The insulation helps keep the water warm inside the pipe itself, so your boiler doesn’t have to work as much. Also, you’ll end up saving more time by not having to wait for hot water to flow out of the faucet or showerhead. Pipe insulation comes in two forms, including foam-rubber sleeves that you can slip onto the pipe and insulated wraps that wind around the pipe.

Storm Windows

If your home doesn’t have insulated windows, then you should consider installing storm windows. Old single-pane windows are awful when it comes to energy efficiency and can make rooms feel colder and drafty. Storm windows mount to the outside of existing windows and provide a bonus layer of protection against cold weather, including rain, wind, and snow.

Programmable Thermostat

If you’re used to keeping a regular schedule, such as coming and going at standard times every day for work, you can install a programmable thermostat, which can be adjusted to fit your comfort level. With a programmable thermostat, you can preset it to turn on the heat in the morning as everyone is getting their day started and then lower the heat once everyone has gone.

Given that the ongoing pandemic might be keeping everyone home, you might want to program the heat to stay on but at a lower temperature to save some money this winter.

Taking the steps to winterize your home isn’t difficult, it just requires some planning and a simple checklist to keep your loved ones comfortable and safe this winter season.

About Byrnes Agency

At Byrnes Agency, we offer insurance solutions that can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Whether you’re looking for personal policies or commercial coverage, we have the right coverage for you. To learn more about our products, contact us today at one of our two locations.

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