Home Winterization Tips

As our Pacific Northwest winter weather approaches, it is important to take some preventative measures to protect you and your home. Winterizing is a task that can help save you money on energy bills, increase the comfort of your home and can be relatively inexpensive. Here are some helpful tips! (Chinese version is followed by English version.)
Prep Icon Be Prepared
Purchase a snow shovel now so that you have it before winter weather arrives.
Have rock salt/deicing agents on hand.
Prepare an emergency kit that includes water, non-perishable food supplies, blankets and a first-aid kit. Don’t forget food for any pets!
Double check the operation of smoke detectors, CO detectors and fire extinguishers.
Gutter Icon Gutters and Downspouts
Clear gutters and downspouts.
Inspect, secure and repair any loose or
leaking gutters.
Install leaf guards to keep falling leaves and debris out of gutters.
Trim back tree branches and shrubs from the home.
Doors & Window Icon Doors and Windows 
Inspect doors and windows to ensure that there aren’t any gaps.
Caulk or apply weatherstripping around problem areas.
Install doublepaned windows or apply plastic film to increase energy efficiency.
Heater Icon Heating System 
Replace filters in your home’s HVAC system to increase efficiency.
Test run your heating system in advance.
Hire a certified technician to inspect and maintenance your furnace.
Reverse ceiling fans so that they force warm air downwards.
Plumbing Icon Plumbing and Faucets 
Drain and turn off outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
Install insulating covers to exterior faucets.
Inspect exposed plumbing (particularly in older homes) in areas like basements or crawl spaces that may not be insulated. Add pipe insulation as needed to prevent them from bursting.
Consider adding a sump pump in basements that are prone to moisture.
Roof Icon Roofing, Chimneys and Decks 
Inspect your roof and replace any damaged shingles or flashing.
Make sure your chimneys and woodstoves are cleaned early in the season.
Give your deck a new coat of sealer to protect it from the winter elements.

 

 

隨著太平洋西北冬季天氣的臨近,採取一些預防措施來保護您和您的家非常重要。過冬處理是一項重要任務,可以幫助節省你的能源開支,增加你的家的舒適度,同時也不必花費太多錢。這裡有一些有用的提示!

 

有備無患

現在購買一把雪鏟,這樣你才能在冬季來臨之前擁有它。手頭有岩鹽/除冰劑。準備一個應急包,包括水、不易腐爛的食品、毯子和急救包。別忘了任何寵物的食物!仔細檢查煙霧探測器、CO 探測器和滅火器的操作。

 

溝槽和排水溝

清除排水溝和向下噴口。檢查、固定和修理任何鬆動或洩漏的排水溝。安裝防葉裝置,防止落葉和碎屑從排水溝中流出。修剪從家裡回樹枝和灌木。

 

門窗

檢查門窗,確保沒有任何間隙。在問題區域周圍塗抹或應用風向。安裝雙層窗戶或塗抹塑膠薄膜以提高能效。

 

加熱系統

更換家中 HVAC 系統中的篩檢程式,以提高效率。提前測試回合加熱系統。聘請經過認證的技術人員來檢查和維護您的爐子。反向吊扇,使其迫使暖空氣向下。

 

管道和水龍頭

排水和關閉室外水龍頭和灌溉系統。將絕緣蓋安裝到外部水龍頭上。檢查暴露的管道(特別是在舊家庭),在地下室或爬行空間等可能沒有絕緣的地方。根據需要添加管道絕緣層,以防止其爆裂。考慮在容易受潮的地下室中添加油底殼泵。

 

屋頂、煙囪和甲板

檢查屋頂並更換任何損壞的瓦片或閃爍。確保你的煙囪和木爐在季節早期被清理乾淨。給你的甲板一個新的護套,以保護它免受冬季元素。

Agent

Debbie Chen, Oregon Broker

Debbie Chen, Oregon Broker

Phone503-936-7598