Bob Vila's Guide to Surviving the Winter

Snow loads, driving winds, and temperatures below freezing are only some of the cold season's challenges. For the integrity of your house and your personal comfort (not to mention sanity), winterizing your home is not only the prudent thing to do but a downright necessity. So what does actually mean to winterize? The answer depends on your geographical location and the age of your house, particularly that of crucial elements, such as the windows and furnace. And like so many other responsibilities of homeownership, winterizing your home of course partly involves common sense. Explore this section and learn all you need to survive and thrive until springtime comes again.


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