For many of us, the dreary skies and falling temperatures signify winter’s approach. While you stock up on cat litter (to add traction when your car tires spin on snow or ice) and a new pair of snow boots (to keep your toes nice and warm), there are a few extra items you can grab to prepare your home for the harsh winter months.
At NASB, we know you like to protect your home against the elements, so here are some things you can do to winter-proof your home.
Check for cracks in your walls, windows and door frames. Anywhere your home can allow the cold breath of December through February is likely to cause your central heating systems to work harder. While common knowledge says you’ll pay more during the winter, no one likes seeing an unexpected spike on their winter heating bills. Small gaps lead to drafts which can be the prime suspect for higher energy costs.
Pay attention to your gutters and drains as the temperature falls and the precipitation rises. If you allow moisture to buildup and freeze your gutters, you could be facing structural damage to your home and costly repairs.
Prevent the water lines from freezing. While you’re away from the house by keeping a slow drip in your faucets, or buy insulation to wrap around the pipes. If you have hoses connected to the outside of your home, it would be a good idea to remove the hose and tuck it away for the winter months.
Keep your blankets nearby. If you want to avoid having to rely on your central heating, you can invest in space heaters and bundle up in extra layers of clothing.
NASB understands winter is never an exciting time, but if your home is prepared for any weather-related emergency, you’ll be able to ride out the freeze in peace – and warmth.