How to Prepare Your Home for the Winter Weather
Today, on Redhead Mom, I’m sharing a partnered blog post about How to Prepare Your Home for the Winter Weather.
In much of the world, we associate the winter weather with terms such as, “cold,” “freezing,” “rainy,” “snowy,” or “windy.” Our home is where we consider it to be safe, warm, comfortable, and our place away from the rest of the world. Our home also protects us from the outside elements (whether they be wet, hot, or cold). We not only decorate our homes for the different holidays throughout the year, but we also look to keep our home functional and cozy to protect us from the different changes in weather throughout the year. Check out these ways we can prepare our home for the Winter weather.
Heating and Air Conditioning System
Be sure to check out your heating and air conditioning systems and keep them current and working. You don’t want to approach a hot summer month with a broken air conditioner, nor do you want to battle super cold weather with no heating system. Click here for more information.
Protect the Wood Exterior
If we want our homes to keep us safe and comfortable, we need to take care of them. The wood trim on the outer parts of our home need to be protected from the elements.
Seal Your Patio
If you have a concrete patio, you will want to make sure to seal it (protecting it from the elements). If you spot any cracks in your concrete patio or driveway, be sure to fill them before you apply sealer so water doesn’t get in the cracks.
Insulate Your Windows
Air leaks can occur throughout your home and run up your energy bill and one common place this occurs is in your windows. If you find air leaks, you can hire a contractor to help you repair those or try some different ways to do it yourself (i.e. weather stripping, caulking, etc.)
Clean Your Gutters
After the leaves have fallen, be sure to clean out the gutters before the rain and snow fall next. Gutters that are filled with debris can back up and overflow, causing damage to the foundation and exterior of your home.
Insulate Your Pipes
Super cold weather can cause damage to your pipes, which can add up to a lot of money to do repairs. Insulate your pipes or check out this website for more information. Be sure to also turn off your exterior faucets and drain your outdoor irrigation systems.
Clean Your Chimney
Before building any fires in your fireplace, you’re going to want to ensure that your chimney and vents are clean and in good shape. When looking to hire a chimney sweep, make sure they are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America.
Stock Up on Winter Necessities
Before the cold weather, snow, and ice arrive, be sure you are stocked up on the winter weather necessities. These include salt, ice melt, and a shovel.
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What are some other ways you can suggest on how to prepare your home for the Winter weather?