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12 ways to winterize your home

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As the seasons change and we get ready to move inside once again, there are a number of things you want to take care of in order to improve comfort, ensure safety and keep those winter utility bills as low as possible. Outside the house ___ Check the roof: Before the rain and snow hit, take a close look at your roofing, including flashings. Repair or replace anything that's loose or missing, and caulk and seal flashings to prevent water from getting into the attic. If you have a significant number of shingles that are curled, cracked or otherwise showing that they're at the end of their lifespan, it's time to consider new roofing. ___ Seal exterior penetrations: Now is the ideal time to freshen up caulking around doors, windows, plumbing penetrations, and anywhere else that heat-robbing drafts can make their way in. ___ Close foundation vents: If you have opened your foundation vents for the summer to allow accumulated moisture to escape, close them up again as soon as the...