15 Ways To Prepare Your Home for the Coming Cold Weather

Cold Weather Prevention for the Home

For those of us who live in New Jersey and throughout the northeast, it’s a fact that cold weather will soon come calling. Seniors especially find cold homes unbearable, so much so that some have been known to keep their thermostats on the heat setting even through the warmer summer months! Making sure your home is ready for winter is not only cost-efficient by keeping heating costs down, but will also ensure your comfort and safety during the colder months.

15 ways to prepare your home for the cold weather:

  • Make sure your attic is well insulated
  • If you have cracks around windows, caulk them
  • Add weather stripping around door jams and window frames to stop drafts
  • Have your furnace cleaned and install a fresh air filter to increase air flow
  • If you have a wood burning fireplace or wood stove, hire a chimney sweep professional to do an inspection
  • Close off areas/rooms which aren’t being used
  • Have double-paned windows installed or put plastic wrap over the windows
  • Clean out gutters after autumn leaves have finished falling; this will help melted snow drain rather than congregate on the roof
  • Wrap any exposed outdoor pipes with foam insulation to keep from bursting in the cold
  • If you have a ceiling fan, reverse the air direction to circulate warm air down
  • Add a warm blanket to your bed and keep throws where you normally sit when relaxing
  • Remove any tree branches which could possibly cause damage to your roof/home
  • Make sure you have snow-removal equipment and supplies easily available (shovels, salt, snow blowers)
  • Install or change batteries to existing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Have an emergency kit ready, and include:
    • Battery operated or crank powered radio
    • Canned and non-perishable food
    • Candles, flashlights, battery or oil lantern
    • Water
    • Propane camp stove with extra propane