Now that the cold wind is blowing, it means winter is right around the corner. This also means it’s time to prepare for that freezing season. It’s not only about preparing your winter jacket and winter boots. It also means preparing your home for the cold weather.
The strong wind, ice dams, and heavy snowdrops can take a toll on your home. It is your primary protection for all kinds of weather anyway. It is where you get the warmth that you need when it’s freezing cold outside. And when your home is damaged, the repairs will also damage your budget.
This article will provide basic tips on how to prepare for the winter. This will include part of your home that you will need your attention. By doing this you can get ready to face the coldest weather of the year. You will also enjoy it in the comforts of your home. It always makes your money’s worth to keep your home cozy in this winter season.
1. Check Your Pipes
Pipes get frozen especially when they are filled with water. As a consequence, these pipes may burst and get broken. Some can be cheap to replace, but repiping can be an expensive part of home renovations. You must allow warm air to flow through your pipes. Or insulate exposed pipes by putting insulation tapes or insulation foam. It is also important to drain pipes and release the stored water way before the winter. This keeps the stored water from turning into ice and damaging your pipes.
2. Get a Home Generator
For a price starting at $500 or a little more, you can buy a generator. This may be an expense for some. But it is always helpful to have the mind of an investor. If you treat it as an investment, then you will have the peace of mind to spend some cash. In return, a home generator can be used on standby. In case of power outages, your fridge, lights, and heater can still be functional. You can also keep your phones charged and running in case you need them for communication.
Take precautionary measures when buying a generator. Consult a professional first and get assistance during installation. And never buy a gas generator and use it indoors. This is something that you cannot D.I.Y.
3. Clean or Replace Gutters and Drains
During the Fall, these are areas where leaves fall and get stuck. If these are uncleared or ignored it might have ice dams build up. Then have leaking snow flow to your basement. Better have roofing experts to do an inspection. Have them checked for cracks and holes caused by rusting.
Get ready for the possibility of replacement rather than repair. A replacement with brand-new gutters can be cheaper as it can be used for more years to come. Don’t worry, it won’t take that long. Roofing experts will use a 4-leg rigging chain sling to lift your brand-new gutters and install them for your peace of mind.
4. Install Good Home Furnaces
This is your only source of heat during the winter, so it should work excellently. Check for leaks and make sure it is properly ventilated. You don’t want carbon monoxide leakage as it is very dangerous. It will also help to install carbon monoxide detectors. Another safety feature for you and the family’s peace of mind.
5. Seal Your Door and Windows
This is the season you want to keep the warmth indoors. It is best to look for small openings and cracks on your windows. Then get a handyman to have them caulk and seal your windows. So as not to allow the freezing cold to enter your home.
You can also install storm doors. The adjustable strike plate can be moved to your door from blowing off the hinges when a strong wind blows. You can also invest in metal or rubber door sweeps to seal the gap between the floor and your door.
Don’t forget to also have emergency essentials prepared in one bag. So whatever happens all you need to do is to pick up that bag and you are all set to survive the next few days. The emergency bag should include non-perishable food, bottles of water, and personal medication. You can also add a car charger for your gadgets, flashlights, and batteries. A sleeping bag, some road salt, and cash will also be essential.
There are many more ideas to keep your home warm during winter. What you want is to enjoy those days and not be stressed about them. Keep in mind that seasons are temporary, but your happiness, peace, and joy should stay for a long time. The best way to do that is to be prepared in and out of any season.