The winter months are approaching, and thinking ahead can help you avoid a headache later in the year. Here are 6 ways to prepare your home for the winter.
#1) Inspect Windows and Doors:
Cold air can enter your home through small cracks between windows and doors. Sealing these areas before winter can help keep you cozy in the winter months. It’s a simple thing to do while it’s still warm out, but it won’t be nearly as easy to accomplish once the temperatures drop.
#2) Order Firewood/Propane:
Ordering wood ahead of time can help you prepare for the winter. Nobody likes stacking up firewood in freezing cold weather. Doing it in advance can help you to avoid that. Ordering propane in advance can help you get prepared, and sometimes it can even save you money.
#3) Check Your Roof:
Nobody wants to find out their roof isn’t sturdy by having it cave in during the season’s first snow. Inspecting your roof for weak spots before the cold months can help you to avoid that reality. It might not sound like very much fun, but doing it now will certainly be better than trying to figure out how to deal with the hole in your ceiling during the coldest months of the year.
#4) Protect Your Pipes:
When the cold weather does get here, make sure you’re protecting your pipes. One way to protect your pipes is by allowing your water to drip slightly when you know it will be freezing that night. Other ways to keep your pipes warm include keeping your cabinet doors open to allow heat in, applying heating tape to the physical pipe, and making sure the heat source in your home is working, and if possible, near the cabinet where your pipes are.
#5) Check the Heat:
It’s always a good idea to test your heat before you actually need it. We all know how long repairs can take, but the repairs are going to seem to take longer if you’re cold while they are being made.
#6) Save Newspaper:
Saving newspaper now will give you a nice supply for your fires this winter. It’s a simple step to take that will make winter so much easier. Just put a box somewhere specifically for newspaper, and put your papers in there when you’re done reading it. If you don’t read newspapers, save other paper to burn later in the year.