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Don't Get Left Out in the Cold: Preparing Your Home for Extreme Winter Temperatures


As winter approaches, it's important to make sure your home is prepared for extreme cold temperatures. Not only will this help keep you and your family safe and comfortable, it will also help prevent damage to your home and save you money on energy bills.

Don't Get Left Out in the Cold: Preparing Your Home for Extreme Winter Temperatures

Here are a few steps you can take to get your home ready for extreme cold:

  1. Insulate your home: Proper insulation will help keep the cold out and the heat in, reducing your energy usage and keeping your home more comfortable. Check your attic, walls, and crawl spaces to make sure they are adequately insulated.

  2. Seal air leaks: Look for drafts around doors, windows, and other openings and seal them with weatherstripping or caulk to keep cold air out.

  3. Protect pipes: Freezing temperatures can cause pipes to burst, which can lead to costly water damage. Insulate exposed pipes or wrap them with heat tape to keep them from freezing.

  4. Check your heating system: Make sure your heating system is in good working order and has been properly serviced before the cold weather arrives. Consider installing a programmable thermostat to help you save on energy costs.

  5. Stock up on supplies: Have blankets, warm clothing, and other emergency supplies on hand in case of a power outage or other unexpected event. Make sure you have enough non-perishable food and water to last for a few days.

  6. Install storm windows and doors: Storm windows and doors can provide an extra layer of protection against the cold. They are designed to be more airtight and energy-efficient than regular windows and doors, which can help reduce drafts and lower energy costs.

  7. Clear snow and ice from your driveway and sidewalks: Not only is this important for safety reasons, but it can also help prevent damage to your home. When snow and ice accumulate against the foundation of your home, it can cause moisture to seep in and lead to costly repairs.

  8. Check your roof: Make sure your roof is in good condition and free of any damage that could allow cold air or moisture to enter your home. Consider hiring a professional to inspect your roof and make any necessary repairs.

  9. Keep your fireplace in good working order: If you have a fireplace, make sure it is clean and in good working order. Have it inspected by a professional if necessary to ensure it is safe to use.

  10. Know how to shut off your water: In case of a burst pipe, it's important to know how to shut off the water supply to your home. Locate the main shut-off valve and make sure you know how to use it. Keep a pipe wrench near the valve in case of an emergency.

  11. Protect your plants: If you have outdoor plants, make sure to cover them or bring them inside before extreme cold temperatures arrive. Covering them with blankets or burlap can help protect them from frost and wind damage.

  12. Keep your home humidified: Dry air can cause static electricity and make it feel colder in your home. Using a humidifier can help add moisture to the air and make your home feel warmer.

  13. Invest in a back-up power source: In case of a power outage, it's a good idea to have a back-up power source such as a generator. This can help you keep your home warm and provide power for essential appliances and devices.

  14. Turn off outdoor faucets: Make sure to turn off any outdoor faucets and disconnect any hoses before the winter arrives. This will help prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.

  15. Keep your garage door closed: If you have an attached garage, make sure to keep the garage door closed during extreme cold temperatures. This can help keep the cold out and the warmth in and can also prevent drafts from entering your home.

By taking these steps, you can help protect your home and family from the extreme cold and stay warm and comfortable all winter long.


Don't Get Left Out in the Cold: Preparing Your Home for Extreme Winter Temperatures


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