Is your Home Ready for the Winter? Tips on how to Winterize ItDecember 12, 2017
You already know that winter can take its toll on your body, but what you probably do not think about is the effect it has on your home. Protect your property and remain as warm and cozy as possible by following these tips.
Aim for Energy Savings
Many people dread winter because of the higher energy bills they face during that time. This year, keep heating costs to a minimum by:
- Adding an extra layer of insulation in your attic.
- Sealing up cracks near window and door openings.
- Placing an insulated blanket around your water heater.
- Having your HVAC system tuned up.
- Installing new storm windows or covering your existing ones with plastic.
Avoid Burst Pipes
Frozen pipes are one thing you do not want to experience during winter. Fortunately, you can avoid burst pipes by carefully wrapping any exposed areas with heat tape. Cover any outdoor spigots with Styrofoam, then drain garden hoses and store them away. Consider adding an alarm to pipes in your basement, cellar, or any other out-of-the-way area. That way, you can keep damage to a minimum in the event a pipe does burst.
Keep cabinet doors underneath your sinks slightly ajar so that heat can get to your pipes at all times. Alternatively, you may use a heat lamp or even a single light bulb to keep your pipes from getting too cold.
The Importance of Emergency Preparedness
Being prepared for an emergency is one of the best ways to ensure that a winter storm does not wreak too much havoc on your home. As part of your emergency preparedness plan, be sure to:
- Have your chimney and fireplace inspected, then lay in plenty of heating fuel.
- Maintain a stash of battery operated candles and flashlights, which can also be used to keep your pipes warm during a power outage.
- Store up enough water and non-perishable food to last every member of your household at least a week (don’t forget a manual can opener).
- Keep a list of emergency numbers handy. Remember that during a winter storm, you may not be able to look phone numbers up via the Internet.
- Have home generators inspected to ensure they are running properly. Fill a few gas cans with fuel and store them in a safe, dry area.
Gear up for Snow and Ice Removal
Don’t wait until that first winter storm hits before thinking about snow and ice removal. Now is the time to get out those shovels and snow blowers and make sure that they are in tip-top condition. Stock up on kitty litter and ice melt now while the weather is still clear. In doing so, you will not have to worry about stores running out.
To safeguard your home, you must do more than just protect it against the elements. A home security system will prevent home invasions to protect your most valuable asset-your family. After winterizing your home, schedule a home security consultation and ensure you are covered all the way around.