The Ultimate Indoor Home Winterizing Quiz

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About This Quiz

Whether you live in a sunny, warm climate or are knee-deep in snow from October until May, it's a good idea to prepare your home for winter. Take our quiz to learn everything you need to know about winterizing your home.

Which of the following products helps keep warm air inside during cold weather?

Both caulking and weather stripping will reduce air leaks by sealing the cracks that allow warm air to escape and cold air to seep into your home.

How much less energy will you use by replacing just one incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent light (CFL)?

According to estimates by the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States, if you replace just one incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light (CFL), you'll use 75 percent less energy.

Weather stripping seals the spaces around moveable _____ like doors and windows.

Weather stripping seals the spaces around movable joints like windows and doors, whereas caulk is used to create a flexible seal around cracks or joints that are less than 1/4-inch (6.35 millimeters) wide.

Sealing holes and cracks in your house that leak air can reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to:

According to the United States Department of Energy, if you seal air leaks in your home with caulk or weather stripping, you'll reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 30 percent.

How often should you have your furnace serviced by a professional?

Even if your furnace seems to be working fine, you should have it serviced by a professional once a year, before the cold weather starts. This should include a furnace cleaning and tune-up.

How often should you replace your home furnace's air filter?

Be sure to replace your furnace's air filter about every three months. A dirty filter means your furnace has to work harder.

If air is leaking out of the _____ of your air filtration system, it's time to have them sealed.

If more than 20 percent of the moving air is leaking out of your air filtration system, have a professional seal your ducts. According to the United States Department of Energy, you can improve the efficiency of your system by about 20 percent by sealing and insulating the air ducts.

How many inches of insulation should you install in your attic for maximum energy efficiency?

Attics need about 12 to 15 inches (30-38cm) of insulation for maximum energy efficiency. Add insulation also to outer walls, basements and crawlspaces to lower your energy costs.

At what temperature do uninsulated pipes freeze?

According to researchers at the Building Research Council at the University of Illinois, uninsulated pipes freeze when the outdoor temperature reaches 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-6.66 Celsius) or lower.

What can you do to protect your pipes from freezing and bursting?

Be sure to protect your pipes from freezing and bursting. Before the temperature drops below freezing, drain and store your hoses and turn off your outdoor faucets.

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