Last week’s “bomb cyclone” froze much of the East Coast – including all of us here in Southern Maryland. Perhaps the chilly temperatures and snow also reminded you that you should have winterized your home before the storm hit. Luckily, temperatures this week are forecast to go into the 40s and 50s – even in the 60s one day! – which means you get a second chance to prep your home.
There are outside tasks to be done, so tackle those first before Mother Nature whips back around with another blast of cold. RealtyTimes.com has a helpful list of things you can do now to protect your home this winter.
Outdoor tasks include:
- Turning off outdoor sprinklers
- Checking your roof for damaged shingles – or hire someone else to do so
- Cleaning out your gutters – the wind from the storm likely kicked up some new debris
- Turning off outside faucets – drain hoses and turn off the shut-off valve for outdoor water spigots
Once you’re back inside, you can do a few things to decrease your energy usage and save some money on heating bills, RealtyTimes says. One major way to do this is to have your heating system checked and tuned up by a professional. No one wants to have their heat quit during a cold snap!
Other indoor tasks you can do now:
- Stopping cold drafts under doors with “drafts snakes” made from roll-ed up towels (purchasing premade draft snakes)
- Changing your furnace filter more often
- Switching your ceiling fan direction so it circulates warm air back down
What about you? What steps have you taken to winterize your Southern Maryland home?
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