With the temperatures still warm outside, it may seem crazy to even think about winter prep for your home, but there is no time like the present to have things in order. In the mornings where I am at, it is starting to be a little chilly, and as we move closer to the snow fall, ice storms, and generally freezing temperatures of winter, we must think about not only pulling our sweaters out of the closets, but How To Winterize Your Home. This year don’t find yourself a victim of the first winter storm and left without needed resources. Use this handy checklist to help winterize your home and be prepared for what will soon be coming your way.
How to Winterize Your Home
Make sure pipes are wrapped well
I can’t tell you how many places I’ve lived where the pipes weren’t wrapped at all or wrapped improperly and bust! When my daughter was newborn, our pipes bust and we were without water for 24 hours with no way of getting to the store due to the storm. Had I been prepared, things would have been much different. Since my daughter was bottle fed, it was a massive problem!
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Even if your plumber did a great job and/or you have pipes that don’t typically freeze in winter months this is still a necessity on your checklist. Waking up to a burst water pipe, or no water for your shower on the first freezing day is not fun. Call in a plumber to check for leaks and check insulation, or simply grab the flashlight and have your husband crawl under your house to take a look yourselves.
Stock wood and/or gas for heat purposes
Do you have a fireplace? Kerosene or gas heaters in your home? Make sure to have plenty of fuel supply before cold weather hits. Not only are you prepared for that unexpected cold storm, you won’t pay the higher prices for fuel that happen during the season it is needed more!
Replenish your emergency supply kit
It’s time to check dates on things like medications, non perishable food items and such in your emergency kit. Replace the lightweight jackets from summer with warm woolen blankets, extra gloves and even a cold weather change of clothing for each family member. Candles, canned goods (and a manual can opener), flashlights, batteries, water purification kits, extra water, essential oil, and more are needed. Adding a few of the “hot hands” packets you find at the checkout counter during cold months is great for helping keep hands or feet warm in extreme cases.
Have the furnace checked
If your heat source is a furnace, make sure to call in the service person and have them do a full maintenance check. Make necessary updates as needed.
Call the Chimney Sweep
If you have a fireplace in your home, then you know the importance of having your chimney swept routinely. Go ahead and call them now to come out and clean out your chimney and make sure your home is safe.
Trim branches or dead trees around your home
Heavy snow and ice can often lead to falling trees in winter months. Take a look at your property and make sure branches have been trimmed back sufficiently, as well as any dead or dying trees removed leaving your home safe from falling limbs.
Update insulation and windows
Now is as good a time as any to do all those small improvements to help your heating bill, one of which is insulation. Add extra insulation or replace poor quality with better for more efficient heating during the winter. Replace drafty windows or apply sealant to the outside as needed. Also a great time to invest in window coverings that are thick and block out wind and air. Black out shades are my personal favorite and if you start looking now, you can snag some on clearance!
Taking the time to do these simple things before the cold weather hits, will help you not only be prepared in advance, but save money too. Seasonal items are always less expensive pre-season, even things like having the chimney sweep come out can be significantly less now than in the middle of a snow storm this winter. Take the time to winterize your home this fall before the cold spell hits and it’s too late!