Winter is coming! We are not in the Game of Thrones settings and have no need to prepare for a deadly battle; but preparing and protecting ourselves from winter is just as necessary as war. Preparing your home for winter should be well thought out.
You should make early plans for winter. The outcome of every winter season is unpredictable. Making your home safe will protect you from frostbites, influenza, cough and other sickness.
Devoid of winter’s effect on your health, your home’s structure and interior, also suffer from this coldest season. Early preparation helps saves off the rush at the mart, and creates more time for a wonderful Christmas celebration, which you clearly deserve after all the happenings of 2020.
In preparing your home for winter, it is best to note places like the garage, attics, gutters, lawns, garden, chimney, and vents, monitoring, and sealing openings in the home.
The first thing to do is create a checklist. This will help keep everything under control and make sure you do not forget anything.
When preparing your home for winter, the steps listed below will help preparation and save you from stress:
GETTING YOUR HEALTHCARE AND EMERGENCY KIT IN CHECK.
Your health is essential, and a lot of attention should be given to it, and it begins by visiting the clinic for a check-up. An early visit to the clinic can prevent a thousand diseases and keep you healthy for winter.
Make sure to get your emergency kit complete and readily available for use both at home and in your vehicle.
GET YOUR VEHICLE SERVICED AND CHECKED
Ensure your vehicle(s) has been checked and serviced by a mechanic, your vehicle battery serviced, and your car heater is fully functioning. You should refill your older tires. Also buying new snow tires if your environment is known for heavy snowing. Snow tires come in handy if there are a heavy snowstorm and slippery roads.
Changing your oil and antifreeze is diligent preparation for Winter.
CLEAR OUT GUTTER, LAWN, GARDEN
A clear dry day in Autumn is the best time to give one last mow before winter hits. During winter, make sure to mow your lawn a little higher than usual.
Aerate and fertilize your lawn; by aerating, you’re increasing the drainage, which will sustain the lawn during heavy snowing. By fertilizing, you provide your lawn with enough nutrient and strength
In your garden, plant winter plants and use the same aeration and fertilization for your plants. Clear out dead leaves, branches, and twigs from the gutter and pathway.
DOUBLE CHECK ALL PIPEWORK
You should wrap insulation sleeves around pipes in cold areas. Also, doing an all-round check on plumbing in the home is productive winter preparation.
INSULATING YOUR HOME
A special rafter vent is used to create a breathing space in the roof, which is stapled underside the roof sheath.
The purpose is to control the air, which moves it behind the insulation protecting the roof and keeping it cold and the rooms of your home warm and pleasant.
The Attics in the Home are usually insulated during construction. If it isn’t, wrap the insulator around the attic walls, the walls of each room, and then continue on the floor.
Insulating helps keep your home warm and comfortable for winter; if you cannot insulate your home yourself, please get professional help.
Caulking the windows side and sealing openings in the home is also necessary to keep your home warm.
REGULATE THE TEMPERATURE AND BUNDLE UP WATER HEATER
Change the filter in the heater and make sure it has been thoroughly checked by a professional.
Get a working thermostat installed in your home and ensure the water heater’s pipes are appropriately insulated.Adjust the temperature in preparation for winter and minimize any excess load to save more on energy bills.
CHIMNEY, VENTS, AND FIREPLACE
Clean the chimney and vents, get loads of firewood, and store them in a dry place. Get smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to help the furnace and water heater on getting proper venting.
Your main goal in preparing for winter is to make your home warm and comfortable, making you feel protected and healthy.