Winter is here… whether we’re ready for it or not. With constant weather changes, many of us weren’t ready for the brrr. If you’re like me and you didn’t properly prepare, don’t worry, you can still get your home together for this icy season.
Getting yourself ready for cold weather is easy. Coat? Check! Cute scarf? Yep. But readying your home is a whole other story. No matter how much time you spend at home it’s important that it is comfortable and cozy. So, until a one-size-fits-all blanket for your house is invented, you’ve got a little work to do.
3 Essential steps for prepping your home
#1 The plumbing
Check outdoor faucets and hoses to make sure that they don’t need to be drained. Look for pipes that are prone or vulnerable to freezing. Consider heat tape to keep them insulated from the extreme cold.
Tip: Just in case, make sure that everyone in the house knows how to turn off the water flow to the house. It will help to minimize leaking and damage if a pipe burst.
#2 Keep it cozy
One of the things we all most enjoy about the winter is the warmth and comfort of the fireplace… but they can also be very dangerous. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional before you light up that fireplace. You might also want to have a routine check of your heating systems. The simple act of changes the filters can do wonders for your system.
#3 Seal it up
Keep out the pesky drafts by installing or replacing worn weather stripping around any doorways or gaps with gaps. Replace worn doorstops and if you have pipes or ducts that travel through exterior walls, caulk, and weather-strip around the entry points. These steps won’t take a lot of time but they will help you keep the cold air out!
Make a manageable plan
We all know that a massive to-do list is overwhelming. Save yourself the stress by breaking down what needs to be done into manageable tasks that you can complete in a few hours at a time. For example, day one, focus on the windows and door frames. The in a few days, have your fireplace inspected. Then, the heating system… you get the point. Want to make life even easier? Delegate. Give each family member a task to complete and get it done even faster.
This isn’t just another annoying to-do list. Preparing your home for freezing weather can help insulate you from skyrocketing heating costs. Keep money in your pockets by having your fireplace checked and cleaned, checking for plumbing leaks, completing proper maintenance on your heating system and sealing your windows and doorways. Ensuring that your home is properly prepped won’t just save you money… it will also protect your home for years to come.
Tip for those in older home with special heating
If you live in an older home and need special equipment you will definitely want to do your research. If you need gas oil drums for your heating look for deals online. Or save on a draught excluder just by doing a little homework.