While winter means less time spent outside in the sunshine, it also means the days are longer and there’s more time to get a lot done. While a lot of people despise winter, you can still have a great time if you know how to prepare.
Speeding Up the Winterizing Process
When the weather starts to turn chilly, it’s time to start preparing your home for winter. This process can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.
If you follow these simple tips, you can winterize your home in no time:
#1 Windows and door seals
One of the best ways to keep the warm air in and the cold air out is to seal up your windows and doors. This can be done with weatherstripping or caulk. Make sure to check all of the cracks and crevices where the air could potentially leak in. If you have older windows, consider investing in some energy-efficient replacements. The extra money you spend on insulation now will save you in the long run on your heating bill.
#2 Inspect your roof for any damage
One of the most important things you can do during winter is to inspect your roof for any damage. If you don’t, you could be setting yourself up for a major headache down the road. During winter, ice and snow can cause shingles to lift, which can then lead to water infiltration and damage to the roof deck. If you do find damage, take care of it as soon as possible. Leaving it for later could lead to more serious and expensive repairs.
#3 Install insulation in your attic
One of the best things you can do to make your home more energy-efficient is to install insulation in your attic. Heat rises, so by keeping the insulation up there, you’re preventing your warm air from escaping and making your heating bill skyrocket. If you’re not sure whether you need insulation, there are a few ways to tell. One is to look at your energy bills. If you seem to be spending a lot more money on heating than you used to, that’s a sign that your insulation could use an upgrade. You can also go to the Department of Energy’s website and take a quick insulation test. Once you know you need insulation, it’s easy to install—just call a professional or do it yourself.
#4 Heater for your home
The cold weather can be a challenge, but with a little preparation, you can make it through winter without too much trouble. One of the most important things is to make sure your home is warm and cozy. A good heater is a must-have for the winter months. If you don’t have one already, now is a good time to invest in one. There are a variety of different types to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for your needs. Make sure to take care of your heater, too. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and maintenance, and have it serviced regularly. With a little preparation, you’ll be able to stay warm and comfortable all winter long.
#5 Stock up on supplies like firewood
Make sure you’re stocked up on supplies like firewood, kindling and matches in case of a power outage. Winter storms can be unpredictable and cause power outages, so it’s best to be prepared. Keep perishables like milk, meat and bread in a cooler and make sure you have a generator or alternate heat source in case of an emergency.
Stocking Up on Staple Staples
The key to surviving winter is stocking up on your favorite staples. Make sure you have plenty of cozy sweaters, hats, and scarves to keep you warm, and don’t forget your favorite winter boots! Another essential? Warm drinks. Make a batch of your favorite soup or chili, or try a new recipe like this Spicy Pumpkin Chili. And don’t forget the snacks! It’s always good to have a few snacks on hand for those moments when you just need something to keep you going. Our favorites? Trail mix, nuts, and seeds.
Winter doesn’t have to be a season of misery. That’s why we’ve put together these five tips on how to survive winter, including speeding up the winterizing process and stocking up on staple staples so you can brave the cold weather in comfort.