7 Things To do to Get Ready for Winter

19-11 2021

7 Things To do to Get Ready for Winter

Winter is approaching. Take the following precautions now to ensure the safety of your health, and your home warmth. Here are 7 tips to do to get ready for winter.

 

Begin by Gradually Lowering the Temperature in Your Home

When it gets cold in our houses, our first instinct is to turn up the heat. Despite the fact that our bodies are appreciative of our natural impulses right away, it is still not advisable to completely switch to high temperature heating.

We suggest that you cover or wrap your windows to prevent cold air from leaking in throughout the winter, and then open your blinds and curtains before dawn to benefit from the sun’s natural heat that will pour in through your windows and help raise the temperature in those areas a bit.

 

Repel Rodents and Other Pests Using Effective Measures 

Vermin don’t generally take over our homes during better weathers because they are out enjoying the outdoors as much as we are. However, when the temperature drops, everyone—including creepy-crawlies—snuggle for safety.

Amanda Polyak, a spokeswoman of the National Pest Management Association says that in addition to rodents and spiders, other pests seek protection from the winter weather, and our warm houses provide the ideal sanctuary.

In order to keep these pests out, preventative actions must be taken now because they are known to spread infections, bring in other deadly pests such as ticks and fleas into the home, and aggravate asthma and allergies.

Polyak suggests the following ways to help prevent this nightmarish scenario: Make your house a home for you and your family solely.

Make sure your house is rodent-proof by caulking any holes and cracks around the perimeter. Keep an eye on all of the places where utilities and pipes enter the house.

 

Restore the Basement

If your house has a basement or a fire place  or a closed room for throwing all your non-usable gadgets, you should clean it right before winter. Keep firewood at a distance of at least 20 feet from your house while not in use. Woodpiles can serve as a breeding ground for pests like mice and ants, who can then enter your house if the pile is close enough.

Keep storage places clean and free of clutter to avoid the presence of rodents.

Remove any and all sources of moisture, such as dripping faucets and clogged drains. Keep an eye out for cockroaches in the kitchen and bathroom, as these are common entry points for the pests.

Keep crawl spaces, attics, and basements dry and ventilated. Remove and replace damaged window screens.

Chimney exhaust vents with mesh screen. 

 

Don’t Forget to Stock up on Outdoor Hardware

During a winter storm, you wouldn’t be caught off guard without the things you’d need inside – bread, milk, tissue paper and the like — and the materials you’ll need for your home’s exterior are no different. Before, during, and after any winter-weather event, conduct a quick check to see if you have rakes, shovels, snow blowers, sidewalk salt, and other winter cleanup tools you’ll need to keep everyone on your property safe. There will be very little stock left or you will face supply-and-and-demand pricing, which will only make things worse if you rush the hardware store the day before.

 

To Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Keep Chimneys and Vents Clean

When a chimney or a vent is obstructed, the potential of carbon monoxide poisoning is real, says Tim Flynn, owner of Winter Home Services. On how to survive the cold safely and comfortably, he advises:

Verify that the vents and chimneys are free of obstructions. Trim back bushes and plants to avoid blocking vents after clearing leaves and vines. To prevent carbon monoxide from reentering the residence and triggering a heating system shut-off or failure, remove anything near a vent or chimney.

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be installed, checked, and/or replaced as needed. Carbon monoxide and fire are both lethal and undetectable. It’s recommended by the manufacturers that you replace your detectors after five years.

 

Prevent Pipe Freezing by Taking Preventative Measures

If you didn’t adequately prepare your pipes for the winter, the last thing you want is frozen pipes break. To prevent pipes from freezing, WikiHow offers a step-by-step guide, but Wise Bread also has some helpful advice.

If you have a water shut-off valve on your air conditioner, turn it off, says Bill Redfern, founder, and owner of A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections. He also recommends that you “check to verify sprinkler systems are blown out and winterized” and “insulate outdoor faucets and water lines.”

If you have a backyard pool, make sure you winterize it correctly as well.

 

Get a Flu Shot From your Physician or Local Pharmacy

Ebola worries are at an all-time high right now, but they pale in comparison to seasonal influenza, which, according to the CDC, kills tens of thousands of people each year. The best way to avoid the flu and fight it if you do catch it is to receive an influenza vaccine. Updating your medicines and other check-up essentials while you’re at the doctor’s will help you make fewer journeys when the weather is bad.

 

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