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.






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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。








Debbie Chen, Oregon Broker

Debbie Chen, Oregon Broker