How to Protect Your Home in the Winter

house energy efficiency conceptNow that winter is in full swing, it’s a great time to think about how to protect your home during the cold winter months.  Below please find some great tips from House Logic.

Preparing for a  Blizzard

FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) suggests the following items you should have on hand to be prepared for blizzard conditions:

 

  • Snow shovels:  FEMA recommends having more than one on hand in the event one breaks.  Also having someone else to help shovel is a great help!
  • Pet-safe deicers:  These can be hard to find when a heavy storm is approaching, so it’s a good idea to stock up early in the season.
  • Having a full propane tank, extra fuel for a generator, or extra firewood is a great idea.  You don’t want to be left in the cold!
  • In the event of a power outage, it is good to have extra warm clothing, pillows, and clean blankets.  If the power is out, you might not be able to do your laundry for a while.
  • Stocking up on food and liquids that don’t require refrigeration is also a great idea.
  • In today’s day of electronics, we can often forget about the days of transistor radios, but having one available, with new batteries as well as extra batteries, can be a great help!

Winterize Your Home

Another thing to think about when asking how to protect your home in the winter is taking the steps necessary to help winterize your home.

  • Keep tree branches trimmed and way from your roof so they don’t cause roof damage.  It might be good to hire a pro to take care of this for you as trimming and removal can be dangerous.
  • Check the exterior materials on your home to make sure they are secure.  Things to check include roof tiles, shutters, and siding.  Moisture, high winds, and ice can rip off roof tile and gutters so checking to make sure they’re secure ahead of time can be a huge help.
  • Clean your gutters to avoid an “ice dam” which occurs when ice melts off the roof and then re-freezes as it drips into a clogged gutter.
  • You don’t want your pipes to burst, so make sure all exposed plumbing pipes are insulated.
  • A great way to improve your energy bills and to keep your home warmer is to seal any air leaks you may find around your home.

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