It seems that no matter how much we prep for winter, we are never ready when it arrives. We have replaced all of the windows in the house, but two. Every year, we make sure to check the weather stripping around the doors and windows, and every year, there is at least two that needs to be replaced. My husband will clean the chimney and check the heat bricks inside the fireplace. Last year, we didn’t even use the fireplace, yet this year, the chimney was filthy and he had to replace three of the bricks. You can’t buy heat bricks individually, you need to buy an entire case of them. In the process of changing those heat bricks, he knocked over the glass screen that goes in front of the fireplace, and we had to replace it. This is a specially made glass enclosure and I had to drive fifty miles to the fireplace parts store to have the glass made. We had a lot of spots where the breeze was blowing in and we found out that the insulation in the basement was torn and compressed. That’s when we found out we had an infestation of mice. They had made a nest right behind the hot water heater. After evicted the mice, he decided to clean the furnace. The furnace worked perfectly, and all he had to do was to change the air filter. He said that his winterization was done, because he had finally found something that was going to be giving us some heat this winter, and not detracting from it.