Winter Home Tips

As any Game of Thrones fan can tell you, “Winter is Coming.” Before it arrives, get your home ready for the cold weather with these easy Winter Home Tips!

Make sure you have a cold-weather emergency kit prepared, with flashlights, candles, batteries, blankets, bottled water, and nonperishable foods.

Don’t wait for the threat of the first big snowstorm to make sure you have your snow shovel, roof rake, snow blower, generator and ice melt ready.

Swap out your bed’s cool cotton sheets for warmer flannel sheets.

Reverse your ceiling fans to the clockwise direction. This helps circulate warm air that gathers near the ceiling, pushing it down to warm the rest of the room.  

During the day, open the curtains on south-facing windows to take advantage of the heat from the sun. Close them at night to block drafts and keep the heat in.

Before you burn the yule log, ensure that your chimney is clear of debris and that is drawing up fire and smoke properly. Make sure your flue opens and closes fully, and keep it closed when it’s not in use.

Turn the thermostat down during the day when no one is at home and at night.

To prevent freezing pipes, insulate exposed pipes in unheated areas of the house, like attics and crawl spaces. If you’re leaving town, keep the heat set no lower than 55 degrees, and shut off the main water supply and drain the system by opening all faucets and flushing the toilets.

You may have done this when Daylight Savings Time ended a few weeks ago, but this is the time to check and change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Trim dead trees and overhanging branches. They can cause serious damage if heavy snow and ice make them fall.

Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves, sticks and debris to ensure melting snow can drain properly. Make sure downspouts direct water away from the foundation.

Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses and water faucets to prevent frozen or busted pipes.