Winterize Your Home Before it Gets Cold

The Kentucky Division of Water encourages Kentuckians to take advantage of pleasant fall weather to get their houses ready for the cold winter months with some simple winterizing projects.

  • Weatherize your windows. If you have storm windows, install them before the cold weather hits. Or, use a clear plastic to cover the inside of the window, which can keep your home three to five degrees warmer without raising the thermostat.
  • Open or uncover your vents that may have been covered in warm weather. Be sure that return air vents are also not blocked.
  • Cover up to keep the thermostat down. Dress in extra layers with warm socks or slippers and keep the thermostat on a lower temperature.
  • Replace your furnace filters. Clogged filters will make your furnace work harder and use more energy. A clean filter also helps keep allergens out of the air.
  • Lower your thermostat when you go to bed. Cooler temperatures help you sleep more soundly and help control your energy costs. Add blankets to your bed for extra warmth.
  • Lower your thermostat by ten degrees if you will be away from the house for two hours or more.
  • Use a programmable thermostat.
  • Use a door draft stopper to help keep cold air out.
  • Keep doors closed as much as possible.
  • Use weather-stripping around doors to prevent cold air from entering the home and caulk windows.
  • If your home is heated by a hot-water radiator, bleed the valves by opening them slightly and when water appears, close them.
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