The recent snow has made me wonder… Is my home ready for winter? Granted the temps will get warmer in the upcoming week, but we all know that it WILL get cold again. So, if you want your home to make it through the winter, you’ll need to take some proper measures to protect it.
Here are some ways to winterproof your home now so your home is ready for the cold temperatures, snow, and bone chilling wind.
Store patio furniture
We normally don’t barbecues and dine outside during the winter months, so it’s important that you protect your grill and patio furniture — that way, they’ll be ready to go when the weather starts to warm up.
Take your grill and patio furniture and put them into storage. If you don’t have a place to store your them, you should at the very least cover them up to protect it from the elements. This is really important if you have aluminum patio furniture. These can rust once the snow hits.
Empty and store hoses
You will want to store your garden hoses before the temperature gets too cold. If you leave your hoses outside laying on the ground, the water in them can freeze, which can damange them causing holes and leaks. Make sure you drain each of your garden hoses and store them inside until spring. If you leave them attached to your home you may be looking a costly fix, because they can cause your water pipes to burst.
Protect your home from the cold winter air
Winter is air is COLD, and if that cold air finds a way into your home, you are likely to find yourself shivering no matter how high you turn that thermostat up. It is very important to seal off your home to keep cold air from getting in. Look for any gaps in the foundation or walls and seal them with caulk or foam. You can also use caulk to seal any gaps around your windows. If your home is always cold in the winter, you may also want to check the insulation. Both your attic and basement should be insulated. If your insulation is improperly installed or old, it can cause the temperature in your home to drop in the colder months. Adding or redoing insulation can be expensive, so if you are not sure whether your insulation is good, consult an professional and get an estimate.
Get a good thermostat
One of the top ways to protect your home in the winter is by keeping it at the proper temperature. However, “proper temperature” is relative; obviously, you will want your house warmer when you are home, but it’s fine to turn down the heat while you’re out. But if you turn OFF your heat, you will run the risk of the temperature dropping too low.
A programmable thermostat will let you to control the temperature in your home at all times. You should program your thermostat to automatically lower the temperature of your home when you leave, and raise the temperature before you return home. Many of the new thermostats even connect to your smartphone, letting you control the temperature in your home.
Replace your furnace filter
Old, dirty filters will make your furnace less efficient, making your energy bills go up and making your home more harder to heat. Replace your furnace filter this fall to make sure your furnace is in ready to go when winter hits.
It may warm up a little in the upcoming weeks, but we all know colder temperatures will be back!