Winter’s chill means more than just adding an extra layer of clothing and throwing another log on the fire. Your home requires some winter preparation as well. As winter’s chill sets in, prepare your home to stop those avoidable emergencies from happening this season. A few quick upgrades and easy preventative measures around the house can result in fewer problems and less stress during the long and cold winter.

Check Your Windows

Even when your heater is working properly, you might notice that your home feels chilly and poorly insulated windows are often the culprit. Letting cold air seep into your home counteracts the reason you even use your heater, causing it to run around the clock which racks up your energy bills. Upgrading your windows is a smart investment. Not only does it increase the value of your home and decrease your monthly heating bill in the winter, but it’ll also keep the hot air out during the summer, saving you money then as well.

Upgrade Your Door

Likewise, an aging or builder-grade front door might not be able to withstand winter’s chill, which invites cold air to slowly creep into your home. If you think your door is letting that cold air in, it’s time to buy a new front door. New doors, combined with brand new weather stripping can stop almost all outside air from entering the home. Just like new windows, upgraded front doors will save you money year-round with your heating and cooling bills, and bring a great return on investment.

Protect Your Pipes

Frozen pipes spell disaster for any homeowner. When those pipes inevitably burst, your home is powerless to stopping significant water damage. Preventing frozen pipes during the winter is essential and so incredibly easy. When temperatures plummet, wrap accessible pipes in extra towels or blankets to give them an extra layer of protection against the frigid air. On especially chilly nights, don’t forget to leave your faucets slowly dripping overnight to keep water running through the pipes, reducing the risk of freezing.

Keep Your Pets and Plants Safe

If winter’s temperatures are too cold for you, they’re definitely too cold for your pet. Bring your pets inside during the winter, and make sure they’re in a warm room with plenty of water. Remember, an unheated garage might shield your pet from snow and ice, but the temperature could reach dangerous lows for your furry friend. Likewise, bring hanging and potted plants indoors during sub-freezing temperatures, and cover ground plants with even more towels and sheets to protect them from the cold, frost and ice.

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