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Preparing Your Home for Cold Weather

12/15/2023 (Permalink)

As the temperatures drop and winter approaches, it's time to start thinking about how to keep your home cozy and warm. Proper preparation not only ensures your comfort during the chilly months but also helps to conserve energy and reduce heating costs. In this blog, SERVPRO of Columbus will explore practical tips and strategies for getting your home winter-ready.

  1. Check and Insulate Windows and Doors: Windows and doors are common culprits for heat loss. Inspect them for drafts and seal any gaps with weather-stripping or caulk. Consider adding heavy curtains or thermal blinds to windows for an extra layer of insulation. For an even more effective solution, invest in double-glazed windows.
  2. Service Your Heating System: Schedule a professional inspection and servicing of your heating system before winter arrives. This ensures that it's running efficiently and helps identify any potential issues before they become major problems. Regular maintenance can extend the lifespan of your system and reduce energy consumption.
  3. Install a Programmable Thermostat: A programmable thermostat allows you to set different temperatures for various times of the day, optimizing energy use. Lower the temperature when you're away or sleeping, and program it to warm up before you wake up or return home. This simple adjustment can significantly reduce heating costs.
  4. Seal Leaks and Insulate: Inspect your home for leaks in the walls, floors, and ceilings. Use caulk or insulation to seal gaps, particularly around pipes, vents, and electrical outlets. Attic insulation is especially crucial in preventing heat from escaping through the roof.
  5. Stock up on Winter Supplies: Prepare for potential power outages by stocking up on essentials such as batteries, flashlights, blankets, and non-perishable food items. Ensure your heating system is not reliant on electricity alone, or have a backup heating source like a generator or space heaters.
  6. Reverse Ceiling Fans: Most ceiling fans have a switch to change the direction of the blades. During the winter, set your fans to rotate clockwise at a low speed. This helps distribute warm air that rises to the ceiling, making your home feel warmer without increasing the thermostat setting.
  7. Maintain the Fireplace and Chimney: If you have a fireplace, have it inspected and cleaned before the winter season. Ensure the damper is working correctly and invest in a chimney cap to prevent debris and animals from entering. Burning seasoned hardwood is more efficient and produces less creosote buildup.
  8. Winterize Outdoor Spaces: Protect outdoor water fixtures by draining and shutting off exterior faucets. Store or cover patio furniture to prevent damage. Clean gutters to avoid ice dams that could lead to roof leaks, and trim branches that could pose a threat during winter storms.

By taking the time to prepare your home for the cold weather, you not only create a warm and inviting space but also contribute to energy efficiency and cost savings. These simple steps can make a significant difference in your comfort and well-being during the winter months. So, grab your toolkit, make a checklist, and get ready to embrace the season with a cozy, well-prepared home.