Getting Your Home Ready for Winter: 8 Tips to Survive the Deep Freeze

Exclusively Listed with Snyder & Pritchard Homes, 180 Morning Dew Circle in Fairfield, call Shoshana at 203.321.3502 for more info!

Exclusively Listed with Snyder & Pritchard Homes: 180 Morning Dew Circle in Fairfield. Call Shoshana at 203.321.3502 for more info!

Before those of us in Fairfield County begin our annual winter hibernation, we have to make sure our homes are ready too! Last winter it seemed like it snowed every single weekend. That snow and ice can take a lot out of your wallet, and your home. But if you make some preparations in advance, you can more easily keep warm and reduce the impact that harsh, winter weather has on your heating bill and home.

  1. Have Your Heating System Inspected and Ready to Go
    • There’s nothing worse than running into trouble with your heating system in the middle of the winter when it’s 15 degrees outside. During the winter, emergency calls are commonplace, and thus the technician may not be able to get to you immediately, so it’s best to have the system looked at before the season starts to avoid freezing your behind off unexpectedly (Kiplinger.com)!
  2. Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
    • If your ceiling fan is equipped with a reverse switch, you can utilize it in the winter to circulate warm air. The fan will produce an updraft and force the heated air downward, making the lower part of the room warmer. This is an especially great trick for rooms with high ceilings (Kiplinger.com).
  3. Order Wood and Get Your Fireplace Set
    • Ordering firewood may be obvious, but make sure you also inspect your chimney and fireplace, as well as have a professional chimney sweep clean it out once a year. Use a flashlight and be on the lookout for birds nests and cracks (StyleAtHome.com). Afterwards, put those little fireplace tools to good use and clean out the old ashes.
  4. Insulate and Seal Windows and Doors
    • Seal those drafty windows and doors with weatherstripping or a bit of caulk, paying special attention to cracks (Kiplinger.com). For instance, at my house, our side entrance door has a particularly wide crack that causes quite the chill in the wintertime as it goes untreated/unfilled. Little things like that can add up to impact your heating bill in a big way.
  5. Clear Out the Gutters
    • It may seem to be unimportant, but having clean gutters actually plays a large role in preparing your home for winter. Clogged gutters can cause leakage that damages your foundation and landscaping, because they prevent the proper draining of water built up from rain and melting snow (StyleAtHome.com).
  6. Check the Pipes
    • Ah, the pipes freezing – pretty much every homeowner’s worst nightmare in winter! Prevent this from happening by draining the water from outdoor faucets and hoses (HGTV.com), and make sure to keep your heat on a little bit even when away from home. Consider insulating exposed pipes in unheated areas, like the basement, attic, crawlspace, or cabinets.
  7. Prepare for Storms
    • While snow certainly looks beautiful, the Northeast is known for experiencing its fair share of dangerous winter storms. Snow can weigh heavily on power lines and tree branches and potentially cause them to fall down. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to stock up on several days worth of winter essentials such as: batteries, candles, flashlights, non-perishable food, bottled water, a first-aid kit, and warm clothes (StyleAtHome.com).
  8. Try This Alternative to Corrosive Sidewalk Salt from BuzzFeed.com:
    • Mix 1 tsp. of Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1 tbsp. of rubbing alcohol, & 1/2 gal of hot water
    • Pour over steps & walkways
    • The mixture won’t refreeze, and won’t eat away at the concrete in your sidewalks!

I hope these tips help you prepare for the upcoming winter. Stay warm and enjoy some hot cocoa by the fire for me!

One of our previously sold homes, 3473 Redding Road in Fairfield.

The yard of one of our picturesque sold homes.

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Shoshana Snyder

Shoshana Snyder

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203.321.3502

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