The brisk winds of autumn have swept through the Old Line State! Is your home ready to withstand the elements of winter? Residents who call our Gemcraft communities home will soon be preparing for the upcoming cold months. Winterize your house with this easy Winter Prep Checklist for your Gemcraft home! Not only will some of these tips keep your home warm and cozy all winter long, but they’ll also help you save big on those energy bills.
Bring the Outside Indoors- Say goodbye to lounging on your patio during those hot summer days. If you haven’t done so already, store your outdoor decor in your basement once you’ve thoroughly wiped the remnants of summer away. No room in your basement? We’ve got you covered! Head to your local Home Depot for a great selection of patio furniture covers. Don’t forget to secure your furnishings to the deck before covering.
Stop the Draft- According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the potential energy savings from reducing drafts in a home may range from 5% – 30% per year. A draft stopper on your doors is the most effective way to stop the cold air from entering your Gemcraft home. This draft stopper from Amazon is flexible and easy to install!
Caulking the Windows- Leaks and cracks in your window seal not only bring cold air into your home, but they can also raise your energy bill tremendously. Pick up some caulking from your nearest Lowes and follow these easy instructions from the US Department of Energy on Sealing Air Leaks with Caulk.
Change the Filters- It’s important to change your filters on a monthly basis when constantly heating your home; it’s what keeps the air quality in your Gemcraft house pristine. The typical fiberglass air filters only catch 10%-40% of debris, but a High-Efficiency Particulate Air filter (HEPA) is guaranteed to capture 99.7%! Mark your calendars to change the air filters in your house each month, and pick up a few of these HEPA filters from Home Depot before winter arrives.
Winter Emergency Home Kit- Prepare for whatever winter may throw at you with a Winter Emergency Home Kit! Get ready for snowy days, power outages, and ridiculously cold weather by keeping these few items in your Gemcraft home during the cold winter months:
- Non-perishable food
- Bottled water
- Sturdy snow shovels
- Deicing Salt
- Alternative forms of heat
- Rainy day coats, hats, scarves, and gloves