The cold Wisconsin weather seems to be here to stay. As a homeowner, that means there are a few things you may need to do to prepare your home for the long winter months. If you’ve already gotten a jump start on this, then you’re ahead of the game! If not, here are some tips to make sure your home is set for winter.
Seal Leaks and Drafts
Gaps between doors or windows can leave space for cold air to creep into your home. This can have quite the impact on your heating bill throughout the winter season. Make sure to check for leaks and drafts and seal them up to keep the cold air out and the warm air in!
Inspect Your Furnace
The last thing you want is for your furnace to go out in the middle of winter. It is recommended to have your furnace inspected by a professional each year. So, before the ice-cold temperatures and snow arrive, make sure you get your furnace inspected! The last thing you want in the winter is for your furnace to go out and be stuck with no heat.
Check Your Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
This is such an easy thing to do that can potentially be lifesaving for you and your family. Most detectors have buttons to run a test alert to make sure they are working properly. You may want to swap out batteries on any detectors that are running low.
Stock Up on Emergency Supplies
Wisconsin winters can be fierce at times and when winter storms roll in you will want to be prepared. In the case where a winter storm causes a power outage, you may want to have a portable generator on hand until the power is back up. It’s also always a good idea to have a supply of non-perishable food items and water handy.
Make Use of Rugs
Rugs can be used year-round but are especially useful during the winter months! Keep rugs by any entry doors around your house so your family or guests have a place to wipe the snow off their shoes or to set their shoes before entering your home. Rugs are also great to place throughout the rest of your home to have something warm and cozy under feet in non-carpeted spaces.
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