The arrival of winter requires a series of preparations to protect your home from the harshness of the season. In this article, we’ll provide you with essential tips for preparing your home for winter. From turning off water outlets to cleaning outdoor furniture to inspecting your home for air infiltration, follow these steps to keep your home warm and safe during the cold months.
Close the water outlets
At the end of September it is time to stop watering the plants, as they are usually at the end of flowering. Be sure to store the garden hose carefully, empty it to prevent it from freezing, and store it in a shelter like a shed or garage. Additionally, make sure that water outlets are properly closed, as negligence in this area can result in costly pipe repairs.
Outdoor furniture and accessories:
Start by cleaning all your outdoor accessories and furniture to protect them from winter. Store as much as possible in an enclosed space, such as a shed or garage. For items that are too bulky to store, cover them with a canvas to protect them from the elements.
Start by checking the air outlets to make sure they are clean and the screens are intact. Next, clean the gutters thoroughly and make sure they are secure. Perform a visual inspection of the roof for any holes, cracks or damage that requires repair before winter. Finally, clean up your yard, trim trees and plants, and remove leaves to prevent infestations of carpenter ants, which are attracted to moisture.
Check all windows in the house for possible air infiltration. If necessary, seal the cracks with silicone. Also remember to check the weather stripping on your doors and replace them if necessary. A well-insulated home can save you up to 50% of your heating costs.
Outdoor furniture and accessories
Don’t forget the smell of burning dust that fills the house when you turn on the electric baseboard heaters for the first time in the fall. Before using them, be sure to clean and vacuum them to avoid that unpleasant smell.
Preparing your home for winter is essential to maintaining comfort and reducing energy costs. By taking these simple steps, such as closing water outlets, putting away outdoor furniture, inspecting your property and reducing air infiltration, you will ensure a more pleasant and energy-efficient winter. Follow these tips for a home ready to face the cold months with peace of mind.