Here are some tips to help prepare your house for the winter.
Fall has arrived which means winter right around the corner. Winter brings awesome things like holidays parties but it also brings cold weather, snow and ice. We thought it might be nice to share some tips that can help you get your home ready for winter.
It’s a good idea to stock up on winter gear like snow shovels, salt, windshield wiper fluid, antifreeze and ice melt before the winter storms hit. This will help you avoid the rush or risk the store being sold out during the storm.
Make sure you drain your water pipes and hoses that reach to the exterior of your house. Draining the hoses and faucets will help them avoid freezing or worse, bursting. If you have older pipes, use the shut off valve inside you house to shut the water off. This will also ensure your pipes don’t burst in winter weather.
If you have a chimney or heating appliances burning gas, oil, wood or coal you want to have them inspected and cleaned if necessary. Cleaning them will prevent fires and carbon monoxide from coming into your home. Safety first.
Most ceiling fans have a switch that allows you to switch the direction the blades turn. Switching the direction on your fans will help push the warm air down when the heat is on and reduce heating costs.
Getting your heating system checked before winter is a small cost to prevent you from losing heat in the middle of winter.
You can replace old weather stripping around the doors and fill in gaps in windows or doorways. You can replace old weather stripping around the doors and fill in gaps in windows or doorways. This Old House says “Sealing gaps around doors and windows can make your home feel warmer—and save you 10 to 15 percent on your energy bills.”
Cleaning your gutters can be a daunting task but is an important part of winterizing your home. According to Angie’s List “A debris-clogged gutter can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home.”
Often winter time can bring power outages lasting from hours to days. Keeping candles, matches, first aid kit, hand and foot warmers (individual packing) and non-perishable food.
Bonus winter tips for your car:
Carry a blanket, snacks, jumper cables, a flashlight, gloves and candles in your car. In a event you find yourself stuck on the road in a winter snow you will have the essentials. You can use the heat of the candle to help keep the inside of your car warm make sure you use caution not to catch anything on fire.
Try to keep your gas tank at least half full. Carry cat litter in your car in the snow. If you get stuck you can put some in front of your tires to help gain traction. You can also be someone else’s hero by helping them with this tip.
Other items to keep in your car
Do you have tips we might have forgotten?