As winter temperatures get closer and closer, you might start thinking about how to prepare yourself and your home for the colder weather, along with all of the patterns that come with it.
For a lot of people, the idea of hot chocolate and watching cozy movies under blankets in a warm house is a welcome prospect as winter comes around, but often the reality of winter tends to throw a wrench of sorts in your fun cozy plans if you haven’t prepared correctly for the cold weather. You want to be huddled under blankets out of choice, after all – not out of necessity!
Especially if your house’s lack of preparedness for the cold weather results in you feeling cold or chilly constantly in your own home, it can really affect your quality of life or overall mood. If you’re working from home these days, this is only exacerbated.
To be ready for the upcoming winter, make sure to get your home prepped well ahead of time so you’re not left chilly and scrambling once temperatures drop.
Winter Weather Protections
If you live in an especially cold climate, look into the installation of storm windows or storm doors. Even if you don’t live in a place that gets extreme winter weather, having these precautions can help keep your home just that much cozier, and provide an extra layer of insulation. They also help to cut down on condensation buildup or frost. These are especially helpful for older houses, but if you have newer windows you might not need them.
If you have a newer home or new windows, there are still ways to make sure you’re even more insulated and warm during the colder months! Add weatherstripping around the edges of doors or windows to stop any drafts or cool air from getting in.
Freezing temperatures can really put your plumbing and pipes through the ringer. Make sure to address any leaks ahead of time and make sure to prevent ones in the future by wrapping pipes that aren’t used too much. You can also consult your plumber to see if it’s a good idea to drain your water heater for maintenance ahead of the winter.
Make Sure Your Heater is Ready to Go
Sometimes, turning on your heat for the winter isn’t as soon as flipping a switch. A lot of times, your HVAC or radiator could use some tuning or just a check-up to make sure it’s good to go before you turn it on for the winter. Make sure your HVAC is well maintained and that you get it checked out for any possible under-the-radar issues before you’ll actually need to use it.
Now that you’ve begun preparing your house for the chillier months, make sure to prepare yourself, as well! Bundle up and get a new winter coat or boots if you don’t have one – and grab some hot chocolate packets while you’re at it! The winter might not always be the most convenient season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it! Stay prepared and get ready for cozy nights in before going sledding in the morning.