How to Get Your House Winter Ready
Winter is a blissful time of year. Hot cocoa, beautiful snow all around, nice and wholesome hot meals, and snuggles for everyone.
It can also get pretty cold if your house isn’t equipped to deal with the harshly low temperatures. Who wants to walk around in their own home with a coat the whole time?
That said, there are a few things you can definitely give some attention to when the winter months creep in.
Here are some ways you can get your house and be nice and cozy all season long.
Check Your Roof Insulation
This is an essential step to start with. While it is vital to heat up your house in the winter, it’s equally crucial to ensure your home can actually hold in all that warmth.
This is where roof insulation comes in. Having an insulated roof will keep your house warm. With all that locked in heat, you will save lots of money on electricity bills. You won’t need to use the heating system that often.
Without an insulated roof, your house is going to stay cold, and you’re going to spend a fortune on trying to break the coldness in your home all winter.
Check Your Hot Water System
You best believe you don’t want to have a cold shower in the winter. This is why checking your hot water system is of utmost importance.
Hot water repairs are something you definitely want to have handled before winter kicks in. As Murphy’s law would like to have it, the chances are that if your hot water were ever going to give any issues, it would most probably be in the winter.
Luckily some companies do inspections and service those systems for you, so you don’t have to attempt at doing it yourself – Bonus!
Check Your Furnace
If you have a furnace in your home, you’re one of the lucky ones. Don’t take it for granted by not checking to see if everything is in order!
A furnace is a total lifesaver in the winter. You can cozy your house up in a way that will leave you free to roam without the need for a Jon Snow-looking blanket cape the whole time.
To avoid furnace repairs is to check the condition often. If you do find something off, it’s always best to find a professional to help.
If you’re unsure how to check if your furnace is still in good condition, try and listen to the noise it makes when you turn it on.
It should be almost quiet.
Also, try and smell the air around the furnace when you turn it on – a dusty or dirty smell is typical in the beginning.
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If you start smelling any burning plastic or gas, turn it off immediately. Evacuate the house, and call a gas specialist to come and have a look.
Lastly, if you have any leaks or worn out door stops around the house, seal them up really well. This is to avoid any ice-cold drafts from entering during the winter.
Remember to check your basement as well!
Adhering to the above steps will not only keep you warm this winter but will save you lots of money on extra heating.
Leaving you nice and toasty to spend the winter season with your loved ones.
Do you have any ideas on how to get your house winter ready?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.