Last week, we discussed ways to prepare the exterior of your home for winter’s impending arrival. This week, we thought it would be a solid follow-up to talk about how to prepare your home’s interior. As with preparing the outside of your home, being proactive is key. Here are some other tips for making sure your home is ready for when winter is finally here for real.
Maintain Windows and Doors
The cold air will more than likely come in through windows and doors that have been damaged or neglected. Maintaining your windows and doors is crucial for your health and safety any time of the year, but this goes double for the winter. The proper weatherstripping can help insulate any cracks or holes in your windows and your doors. You can also try using caulk to shore up areas the weatherstripping can’t quite reach. What’s another benefit of making sure no air is escaping or sneaking into your home? Lower heating bills!
Clean Out the Fireplace
Toasting marshmallows over an open fire is a favorite winter pastime, and of course, smores are delicious enough to enjoy all year round but taste so much better once it’s cold outside. But your fireplace could cause a fire if you’re not using it responsibly. Be sure to clean out the ashes of old fires as often as you can. Do you see any cracks, or is there a strange draft coming in through your fireplace? These are signs that something could be wrong with the damper.
Above all else, it’s important to stay as safe as possible. Have you examined your smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors lately? Sometimes, you might not notice these dangers until after it’s already far too late. Also, don’t forget that fires are more likely to happen in the winter time. With that in mind, be sure you’ve arranged an escape plan with your family members. If you don’t know how to do this, the National Fire Prevention Association, or NFPA, have a handy guide that you can follow.
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