As the year unfolds and the weather turns from cool to cold, it’s important to prepare yourself and your home for the winter ahead. This time of year can take a toll on everyone and everything. With these few easy tips, however, you’ll be able to tackle just about anything mother nature and old man winter have to throw at you.
Unpacking Winter Snow Accessories
It goes without saying that most regions in the southern US are exempt from requiring a host of winter accessories, but for those up north, it’s a different story. If you live in areas prone to the fluffy white stuff, you will need a shovel and, if your area gets lots and lots of snow, a snowblower. Make sure you knock off the cobwebs from your handy shovel and get your snowblower in proper working order now so that you will have them ready to go when you need them.
Another important winter accessory to have on hand while preparing your home for winter is salt for melting accumulated ice. Safety first, when it comes to sure footing around the outside of your home in inclement weather. Put it on your list of things to do before winter comes knocking on your door.
Checking for Drafty Areas
When preparing your home for the upcoming winter, a good course of action would to check for drafts. Feel around old windows and doors to see if they are letting uninvited cold air in. This simple advice will help you remain warmer in your home and help you save money on heating costs. There are several easy ways to keep your home a little warmer in the winter with only a small out of pocket cost. Drafty windows can be a real drag, but you can fight back so that you and your family can enjoy a cozy and warm home all winter long. Just be sure to take extra care around windows and doors that lead to the outside; this way, you can be sure that you have a draft-free home.
You’ve already done your part and checked the windows and doors for a breezy draft coming into the house. You have pulled the vital winter items from the garage to combat the snow, so now what? Be sure that you and your family also have gear inside the home to help you warm up when needed. For example, heated blankets are the perfect go-to item for any household. They are available in a number of styles and designs to suit your needs. They are great for curling up under and watching your favorite shows with your loved ones in comfort.
Check the Roof
It’s important to ensure that your roof is in good condition for the winter season. Heavy snow can put unneeded stress on its structure and cause serious water damage, if not anything worse. Climb a ladder and, if need be, use a pair of binoculars to check your roof for problem areas. Look for broken or missing shingle tiles and seals around chimneys. If you’re not comfortable with that, you can always hire a professional to access it for you. This way you’ll know if everything is on the up and up, or if you need to have some repairs done before winter really gets started.
It might seem like a fun task at first, but preparing your home for a bitterly cold winter will pay off in the end. Sealing up the windows and doors will save you money in heating costs, and having all the supplies you need in place to move snow is simply handy. Beyond that, ensuring your comfort with a strong roof and heated blankets will keep everyone happy and warm. Follow the tips we’ve shared here to ensure you have a warm and cozy home all winter long.