As temperatures drop in Tulsa and surrounding areas, it’s time to make sure you’ve planned ahead to keep your home warm and cozy.

How much does it cost to winterize your home?
Winterizing costs depend heavily on how much you do yourself and how much you hire out. Doing it yourself only requires the cost of materials and any service needed on your furnace or boiler. Batteries, furnace filters, plastic, and caulk can be purchased for $50 to $100.
Professional furnace or boiler inspections and cleaning are often included in the price of service contracts purchased through your local energy provider. Prepare for about $200 to $300 for an inspection and tune-up if you don’t have a contract.

What do people do wrong when it comes to winterizing their homes?
Harboring the assumption that everything is okay for this winter because nothing bad happened last year is a common error. Many people believe that the cost savings realized later by winterizing, yet again this fall, won’t be enough to justify the money and effort today. Eventually, something bad that could have been prevented, will go wrong.

What common winterizing steps could be skipped, if any? Which steps are the most crucial?
Newer windows are designed to be highly energy efficient. If your home comes equipped with these, you can likely skip applying plastic film insulation to them every year. The energy savings are minimal for new windows. A lack of trees on or near your property means that you probably won’t have to clean out your gutters on an annual basis.

The single most critical step to perform before winter is changing the batteries, and testing, your smoke alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors.

What could happen if you didn’t winterize your house?
Winterizing your home is insurance against expensive repairs. Hiring a contractor can be expensive. They become much more expensive if you have to call them in for an emergency in the middle of the night, during a snowstorm. Having to make quick decisions during a stressful situation may not be an effective money-management system.