All Weather News

Tip of the Week: Winterize Your Home

10 Oct 2019, 5:30 pm

Every day, WeatherNation brings you weather information to keep you safe. Every week, John Van Pelt helps get you prepared long before bad weather hits. This week we are talking about winterizing our homes. As the colder months draw nearer, it’s time to think about ways to make sure your home is ready for the colder weather ahead.


Q: What are a few things we need to do outside our homes to make sure they’re ready for winter?

A: One important tip is to disconnect hoses from faucets. Doing so can prevent burst pipes, that can leak inside your home. Clean downspouts and gutters for proper drainage. Clear them from debris, so they can drain properly, which can prevent leaks inside the house, and prevent ice jams from forming from frozen standing water in them.


Q: What can we do to make sure our heating system is ready for winter?

A: First, on the outside, make sure auxiliary burners are clean in your system…inside, make sure your that exchange is in good shape. Replace the filter in your furnace. Close any vents in your home that may have been opened for the warm weather.  If you heat with propane or oil, ensure the tank is full.


Q: What things do we need to do inside our houses to be winterized?

A: Replace heat filters every month. Also, be sure to look for cracks or gaps in windows/doors and add caulk or weatherstripping to prevent leaks and keep your home as insulated as possible.  Make sure pipes are insulated to prevent bursts. All of these tips can save you money on heating this fall and winter.



Check in with Home Advisor for a few more ways to winterize your home, and keep your home in best fall shape by visiting the links below

Fall Home maintenance 

Winterize Your Home



About the author
John started his career in radio as a part-timer at several stations in Raleigh, NC while in high school and college. His first fulltime job took him to Myrtle Beach, SC, where in 1979, he went through the preparations for and coverage of Hurricane David as it raked the Grand Strand. That spurred his interest in severe weather and disaster preparedness. After returning to Raleigh and NC State Un... Load Moreiversity, he continued in radio for several years, before becoming a Macintosh consultant, specializing in digital audio and video creation & editing. Becoming an Amateur Radio operator for the specific purpose of joining the National Weather Service Skywarn volunteer program, he was involved in several 'World's Firsts', with the first 24/7 wireless mobile weather webcam in 1999 and the first 24/7 mobile wireless weather station in 2001. From hurricanes, with the help of fellow Ham, Danny Musten, John initiated the first Internet Radio Linking Project (voip) report to the National Hurricane Center, with a portable ham radio from Hurricane Lili, in 2002. He also originated the first EchoLink (voip) hurricane report from a vehicle-based laptop and wireless AirCard, from Hurricane Wilma to the NHC in 2005. He worked as an on-air consultant, with CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and numerous local TV affiliates during hurricane season from 2002-2005 and was the on-camera weather conditions consultant for MSNBC's coverage of the Space Shuttle's Return to Flight mission in '05. In 2007 and 2008 he was Energizer's national spokesman for their 'Plan. Prepare. Protect' initiative, supporting family preparedness education through school and children's club visits with "The Bunny", national satellite media tours, appearing in millions of households from the National Hurricane Conference and online content creation. His passion for reporting accurate conditions and preparedness information from the field continues to be an important personal commitment at WeatherNation.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *