Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather

A Few Winter Weather Preparation Tips

Winter weather brings an entirely new set of challenges to homeowners. Responsible homeownership requires that you take the necessary steps to both weatherize your home to prevent excessive heating bills and stock up on essentials to help your family ride out weather that makes it unsafe to leave home. Here are a few tips to help get you started:

Check Out That Furnace

First and foremost, have your furnace inspected. Inevitably, home appliances fail when you need them the most, which is, accordingly, when service providers are the busiest.

To keep your home warm throughout the winter weather without interruption, make sure that your furnace gets the attention that it needs BEFORE it is put to work warding off cold winter weather.

Proper Insulation Saves Dough

Poorly insulated houses can rack up significant heating bills during the winter. As the fall chill sets in, feel around all of your doors and windows for any drafts, and seal them with caulk or weather stripping. Check the seals around vents (dryers, bathrooms and kitchens) and chimneys and replace, repair or fortify them as necessary.

Depending on the age of your home and the type of insulation in the attic, it may also be feasible and recommended to put an additional layer of insulation over the original. All of these steps will reduce heat loss and help prevent cold drafts from entering your home, thus reducing your heating bills.

Be Prepared For Emergencies

Winter weather can sometimes make it difficult to venture out to restock on essentials, so it is important that you do so before it is required. Make sure that you have plenty of the basics, such as bottled water, food staples (take into account what infants or children may need), and medications.

Check the status of all the items in your emergency kit (if you don't have one, now is the time to create one!). Make sure that you have a flashlight with batteries, emergency radio, first aid kit, analog telephone, duct tape, superglue, lighter, and some basic tools (hammer, Phillips & flat screwdrivers), etc.

Finally, make sure that you have plenty of rock salt and snow shovels, that way you won't be fighting everyone else in long lines at the store when severe winter weather is on the way!

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