Whether you live in an apartment or a house, there are certain tasks that are essential to do when it comes to prepping for winter. Ensuring your home is prepped and ready to go can save you money, aggravation, and protect your home during the winter months.
Yesterday, I began my journey of prepping my home for the cold winter months. It’s so easy to forget how important it is to make your living space is snug as a bug for winter. Below, you will find a list of chores I like to do first as I think they are most important.
Let’s get started! I hope this information inspires you to create your task list for the upcoming season change.
1 – Don’t Overwhelm Yourself – Instead of creating a huge to-do list, break it down. I like to schedule a task a day and focus on getting things done daily instead of feeling overwhelmed by looking at a large list of projects.
If you have a family, be sure to divide and conquer! Assign a task to everyone and be sure to reward those who have completed their task successfully. Yes, even the spouse gets kudos for completed projects! You’ve got lots of room to be creative with that one!
2 – Plumbing Preparation –I always make sure to do this task first. You’ll want to make sure you drain the water from things like hoses, in-ground sprinkler pipes, or any outdoor water source. You don’t want your pipes freezing and blowing out now, do you?
Purging the water from unused sources is essential to do as soon as the cold weather starts and will prevent a lot of expenses and headaches. You can also insulate your pipes especially if you are going out of town for extended periods of time.
3 – Window Preparation – Yesterday, I made sure to clean my windows and that included the inside window ledges and frame. I also checked to make sure they closed and locked properly to ensure the outside air stays outside and the inside air in. It’s so easy to forget to check our windows and they are one of the most important areas to check in our homes.
If you have any air leaks be sure to take care of it now before it’s freezing out and too late. Insulation stripping works great around the windows and is pretty inexpensive. Don’t forget to check your doors too and if you need to you can seal your doors by putting self-stick foam around the door frames.
4 – Light Your Way – Now that it’s getting dark earlier and we have less light, that generally means spending more on indoor lighting. Be sure to change all of your light bulbs to LED energy-efficient bulbs as well. I happen to be a light bulb snob and have my favorite light bulbs listed here so be sure to check them out. There are some bulbs listed there that will make you a light bulb snob too!
Best Tip Ever! Check with your energy company for a free energy-saving kit. I was thrilled when I received an email from my local company yesterday offering me over a dozen free light bulbs and other energy-saving products like really cute night lights.
Be sure to check your outdoor lights too. Because outdoor lights are typically left on for long periods of time, it’s important to buy energy-saving bulbs to light your outdoor pathways or porches as this can save a lot of energy and money too.
5 – Keep Your Air Moist and Healthy – As soon as fall arrives, I break out my humidifiers. It’s really important to remember that the air dries out in our homes due to a lack of humidity in the air. Another thing that drives me mad is the buildup of static charge in the air which causes our hair and skin to dry out and become unmanageable.
Don’t you love that static charge you get in your hair that makes your hair look whacked? Well, if you use a humidifier, all that dryness disappears! And what about our poor sinuses? Humidifiers are great for keeping them moist and healthy!
This is the type I use for my home. I love how small and compact they are and most certainly, they are so pretty too! You can check it out here – Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier – Premium Humidifying Unit with Whisper-quiet Operation, Automatic Shut-off, and Night Light Function
I also own this one and use it in my master bedroom. Essential Oil Diffuser 350ml Ultrasonic Humidifier Aromatherapy I love the wood grain look of it and it works great. I love how it changes colors using LED lights!
6 – Reverse Your Ceiling Fans – If you have ceiling fans, now is the time to reverse them. Reversing them will help to pull down the warm air that would otherwise be trapped up near the ceiling. If you don’t have fans, I recommend you get them ASAP.
Not only are they amazing in the summer but they are also great for cold weather use too. Keeping the warm air circulating around your room makes a huge difference and save you money too. It’s always smart being energy-efficient, isn’t it?
Be sure to prep your home for winter soon! If you have any questions, please be sure to leave them in the comment section below.
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