How to Prepare your Home for WinterDecember 2, 2020
“Winter is coming, we know what is coming with it!” – Jon Snow, Game of Thrones!
It is that cold season of the year again. It is also during this time of the year that we get to have a lot of festivals lined up, from Christmas to New year!
You might be worried that you haven’t prepared your home enough for this upcoming cold season. Worry less.
I have combined some tips that will help you prepare your home for winter to keep your home warm and cozy and also prevent any damage that might occur during this season.
- A space heater.
If you don’t already own one, you should make plans to get it. A space heater is a winter essential. They purpose to warm the house
Various types of space heaters are out on the market produced by different companies. Reading customer reviews on some of these companies at Reviewsbird USA will lead the way to find the best deals and value for your money.
In case your space heater is broken or dysfunctional ensure that it’s fixed before winter.
- Plumbing, windows, and doors.
Insulation of pipes by wrapping the pipe with insulated foams to prevent them from freezing.
You want to make sure that your windows and doors caulked. This is done around the doors and windows to prevent cold air from coming through those gaps.
Another way to ensure warmth inside the house is to shrink-wrap your windows, by tapping a shrink wrap on against the window on the wall.
- Change your ceiling fans to winter mode
One way you can do this is by flipping the fan upside down which will in turn make the fan move clockwise.
The science behind this is, during winter we want to ensure we have retained more heat, and naturally, warm air rises the ceiling, switching the direction of your fan will push the warm air down.
- Clean and check your roof, gutters, and downspouts.
During autumn, you should ensure that all leaves are removed from your gutter because if the gutters are left uncleaned before winter you’re more likely to have Ice dams and this extra weight will rip off the gutter.
Check your downspouts and clean off fallen leaves or any material that might cause a blockage of water in your downspout. This will clean the way for when the water passes through.
- Disconnect outdoor water sources
The tradition has always been to shut off all water valves and faucets during winter. Which is still a good means to prevent the valves from freezing and rupturing especially when you use the standard faucets.
However, things have taken a shift over the years and now you don’t have to turn off your faucet every winter. Sillcock is made of a material that can withstand frost during winter.
You don’t have to worry about where to purchase it because there are many home decor and furniture companies that sell Sillcock.
Shutting off water valves will prevent them from freezing. You can also ensure that if you have an irrigation system or an outdoor faucet, they are drained.
- Clean and put away your patio furniture. (Winterise your patio furniture.
It has been a common practice for a long time now that come winter all patio furniture should be locked up until winter is over. What if I told you there was a way that does not involve us squeezing our furniture in the tiny garage space.
Many companies now make winterized furniture. See it as a valuable recommendation from me to you, and check Totally furniture to get an idea of what furniture you can get that can withstand the storms of winter.
- Find a Home inspector.
Sometimes we might think that we have taken all the necessary precautions and safety measures with our home as we prepare for winter when ideally we haven’t covered all the ground.
Calling a home inspector will come in handy to finalize on spots you might have missed. It is wise to check that your home inspector is a certified one or has been licensed by an appropriate authority like the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
A home inspector can have a home energy audit performed in your home where the interior air volumes are measured, insulation is inspected, and generally determine how energy efficient your home is!
Winterizing your home has an endless checklist. However, the listing above captures a lot of the means and methods to keep your home safe and warm.
ENJOY your winter!