I can’t help but think of my family in Kentucky and Ohio in these winter months. As cold as it gets there I know my family members are always looking for ways to keep their houses warm. With that in mind, below are 5 ways to prepare your house for winter. While this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.
5 Ways to Prepare Your House for Winter
With winter setting in, you need to make sure that your home is operating at peak efficiency. Not only will this help reduce your utility bills, but it will also ensure that you don’t have any other significant problems later on, such as a broken heater. To help maximize your planning, be sure to download free weather apps onto your smartphone, so you will know more about what’s going on outside so as to better adjust yourself inside. Here are five things you can do this winter:
- Check for Leaks: If you notice any cold air coming in where it shouldn’t be, then that can lead to some pretty major problems later on. Be sure to identify the exact source of the incoming air, and then seal it as best as possible. Usually, points of entry are around doorways or windows.
- Install a Programmable Thermostat: Unless you want to keep getting up to adjust the temperature, you will want to get a thermostat that has programmable options. This way you don’t have to worry about the house getting too hot or cold, nor do you have to worry about wasting energy. Be sure to keep your home at a lower temperature while you’re away.
- Check Your Heater: If months have passed since you last used the heater, it may be rusty and inefficient. Before the weather gets really bad, have someone come and inspect your unit to make sure that you aren’t throwing money away due to a poorly operating machine.
- Remove Icicles and Dams: After you have installed snow weather apps on your phone, be sure to check out when storms are coming in and plan accordingly. One of the biggest issues during winter is when icicles form and block water on your roof, causing damage. Stay on top of things and remove ice after it forms. Otherwise, you will be paying a hefty price later on.
- Turn Off Outside Faucets: If you have a hose outside, it can freeze and damage your pipes. Make sure that you don’t have water running to any exterior faucets, as they can be a huge problem if they freeze up. Use the shut-off valve to prevent this issue.
I know when I’m in Kentucky during the winter months I want the places I’m staying to be as warm as possible. This Florida girl can barely handle the cold. Here’s a picture of just one tactic I used to stay warm when I was in Kentucky in January of this year:
What do you to keep warm in the winter? Leave a comment and tell me about it!