After a long summer and autumn, it is time to get ready for winter. Although we don’t always want to study weather stripping supplies or check attic leaks, now is the perfect time to keep the house in order. To make it simpler, we did some homework for you and explained what you could do to help you save some money, have your house packed, and feel better ensuring that you and you’re elderly loved one’s home is loaded for the winter months. Here are some ways of getting your home ready for winter.
Realistic Steps To Help You Get Ready For Winter
- Study the area of energy assistance services to help reduce or offset the cost of heat.
- Check-in with the doctor to figure out whether it’s safe for you to shovel snow or be outside in cold weather.
- Keep busy even though it’s freezing indoors, moving around the house (and out if it’s not too slippery).
- Keep vigilant when going around, avoiding snowy pavements and paths that can be very slippery.
- Take an inventory of your winter clothing to make sure you have sufficiently comfortable clothing indoors and outside.
- Wear suitable outdoor clothes to stay warm this winter: light coats, warm clothing, jackets, caps, scarves and waterproof boots.
- Ask your relatives, neighbours, or friends, whether they should call or visit you more frequently if the cold weather makes travel too risky.
- Keep the easy cold and flu treatments in your home.
- Have your vehicle ready for use in cold weather until winter comes.
- Order repeat medications in a lot of time to prevent any harmful delays.
Establish contingency arrangements for future emergencies, such as:
- Enable power backups, such as batteries, for any vital medical devices requiring electricity.
- Had mobile phones and other electronics fully charged in case of power outages
- Have a transit plan for an emergency winter storm.
Preventing destruction and saving energy:
- Prevent house drafts by blocking energy leaks under walls.
- Install storm doors and locks, as well as weather stripping, to help isolate your house.
- Isolate water lines flowing along the outside walls.
- Stop ice traps – where the melting snow water is refreezing through the gutters and seeping under the roof, soaking in the inner walls. To stop ice jams, ventilate the attic and well insulate the attic floor to minimize the amount of rising heat.
- Change the furnace filter to make the machine operate properly.
- Clean gutters and patch roof leaks to prevent dangerous exposure to ice and snow.
- Get the heating machine professionally serviced to make sure it operates properly.
- Detectors of smoke.
- Healthy alternative forms of heating and alternative fuels.
- A carbon monoxide detector to alert you to the existence of this toxic, odourless, colourless gas.
- Keep spare batteries on hand for flashlights, radios, etc.
- A minimum of one-week supply of food and water, bearing in mind the power can go out.
- Cool clothes and covers
- Supplies of first aid for general purposes (band-aid, washing supplies, flashlights, etc.)
- Purchase supplementary pet food and medications in case of emergencies
- Maintain a two-week stock of products, both prescription and non-prescription.
- Keep copies of the medical history, medications, and medical needs readily accessible.
Getting ready ahead of time will save you time, money, and make sure you stay safe and warm all winter. They are just some ways of getting your home ready for winter.