NORTH SALT LAKE — Temperatures have been so hot this summer that it may be difficult to begin thinking about winterizing your home.
But temperatures are already dropping and home repair experts say it’s not too early to begin ensuring that your house is ready for old man winter.
Zach Buttars, regional manager for the South Fork hardware chain of TrueValue stores, with a location in North Salt Lake, said the two most important things homeowners should take care of before winter is making sure the furnace is working properly and that windows are tight.
Homeowners should also consider replacing windows and storm doors with more efficient models, he said.
If that is not possible, there are other techniques for keeping cold drafts out of homes.
“It’s important to keep out drafts,” Buttars said. “We have shrink wrap which can be placed over a window,” he said.
Installing thermal curtains on windows can also help prevent drafts.
Homeowners who have many outside doors can also seal them with plastic or caulk putty.
Buttars said that in addition to checking a furnace before turning it on for the first time this fall, homeowners should change their furnace filters.
Buttars also suggested using heat tape to wrap water pipes.
Homeowners may consider wrapping hot water pipes that run through unheated areas of the house plus any cold water pipes, to keep them from freezing.
Something many homeowners don’t think about is wrapping heat tape on gutters and drainpipes, Buttars said.
For more information check out the Oct.11 edition of Davis Clipper.