This year more than most we’re being told, especially if you live in an area that gets an enormous amount of snow, to prepare for one of the worst winters we’ve seen in a long time. Preparing for winter doesn’t just boil down to stocking up canned and dry goods as well as water, just in case you get snowed in. And it isn’t all about blankets and making sure the heating system works properly.
All of these are things that you can do to get yourself ready and you’re probably already started on doing a good job of that. But what about getting your home ready? One of the most forgotten things about winterizing is getting your home ready to weather the storm. Isn’t that what updating and maintaining the furnace is for? Of course, keeping your furnace in proper working order is part of winterizing your home but there are plenty of other ways that you can get your home ready for winter that will keep you warmer and keep your wallet fuller than simply turning up the heat.
First, you should make sure that all of your windows and doors have the proper weather stripping. If not, you should get this replaced right away. Leakage from your windows and doors is one of the worst ways to get cold during winter months.
And when the cold gets right down to the bare bones of your house, it will start to seep into the floor as well, especially if you have hardwood floors. If that is the case, you should invest in several high quality, densely piled area rugs that can absorb heat from the air and your body, keeping the floors and consequently, a larger portion of your home warmer for the winter. The other thing about a good area rug is that even if you only intend to keep it around during winter months, it can help keep water and snow from tracking around your home and keep unsightly stains from forming due to slush and mud.