Winterize

Autumn is almost gone and the worries of winter are bothering careful moms these days. It can be very helpful to think ahead, before winter arrives, and do some planning. Fall and winter seasons often bring with them many things such as cold and flu season, traveling in bad weather and the upcoming holidays. To prepare a secure and warm environment is the first priority for careful and loving moms. We are here to help you in that. I’m sharing some tips here to prepare your home and yourselves for winters.

 

1) Check Out Clothing & Boots:

 

It’s the perfect time to pull out last year’s basket of winter clothing and boots. Make sure everyone has matching gloves, hats, and coats that fit. Try on boots that get fit and make a list of what to buy new. Blankets and quilts should be dry cleaned or find out if you need to purchase new ones. Winter bed linings are must to get in before it gets real chilly.

 

2)  Take Note Of What You will Need:

 

Take notice of each room in the house and make a list of what will be needed for winterizing the room. Windows may need plastic, glass window panes if broken they may need to get fixed, winter stuff and warm colored curtains. Any improper opening in the rooms from where the cool winter breeze can enter in. After listing down all make one trip to the hardware store to get what is needed to finish the job. When everything is at hand set a day to actually do it all. Ask everyone in the home to help.

 

3) Inspect Roof, Gutters & Downspouts

 

If your weather temperature falls below 32 degrees in the winters, adding extra insulation to the upstair rooms will prevent warm air from escaping from your roofs and causing cold. Check flashing to ensure water cannot enter the home. Check to replace roof shingles or tiles that are worn out. Clean out the gutters and spray water down the downspout to clear away debris and dirt. You can install leaf guards on the gutters or extensions on the downspouts to direct water away from the home.

 

4) Get Your Fireplace Ready

 

Fireplace is necessary for a perfect home atmosphere if you haven’t one, arrange one for yourself. Some people are reluctant to add a fireplace due to safety concerns. My suggestion is not to use wood or original combustible material, rather have an electric fireplace.They do not create “flames,” they are designed to give off heat and a flame effect, only. Unlike gas units these modern electric fireplaces, need no outside venting, only a source of 120-volt 15-amp power. These can be controlled by wall-mounted thermostats or by a remote control to those used for air conditioners.

 

5) Prepare Outdoor Surfaces

 

Get help from a gardener to trim trees if branches hang too close to the electrical wires and house. To add beauty to your entrance plant spring flower bulbs and lift bulbs on outdoor surfaces. If you have sensitive potted plants move them indoors or to a sheltered area.

 

I hope with these simple tips, you can work things out to cope with winters worries and rather enjoy the beauty of the lovely weather. Have a wonderful season!

 

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