“Game of Thrones” may have wrapped up many years ago in Westeros, but winter still comes every year in our world. Since we can’t outrun the snow, ice and sleet with our remote control, the best thing we can do is prepare our homes for it. Here are a few simple tips to help you get through the low temperatures.
1. Flip Your Fans
Hot air rises. Reversing your ceiling fans counterclockwise pushes that hot air down into your rooms, making your home and your energy bill feel a bit more comfortable. Check to see if your ceiling fans have a switch, which will do the trick in no time.
2. Trim Your Trees
Snow and ice can be heavy, so plan ahead by cutting back long branches before creating any unnecessary damage. You can do it yourself to save money or hire a landscaping company to take care of it.
3. Prepare Your Pipes
Start by draining the water from outdoor sprinkler systems and your hoses. Close indoor valves supplying water to outdoor bibs (where you attach your hose to the outside of your house). Once you’ve done that, keep the valve open so there’s room for expansion if any remaining drips of water freeze.
Indoors, let your faucets drip very slowly on days when the temperature drops below freezing. It’s also recommended to keep your house heat at 55 degrees or above — even when you’re out of town.
4. Care For Your Concrete
Wood isn’t the only surface that needs protecting. Concrete — like patios and driveways — can form small cracks over time. Although this type of damage is minor, prevention is also easy. Get some concrete sealant and roll it over your flat concrete surfaces to keep them in good shape.
5. Declutter Your Gutters
Keep your gutters clear of debris to prevent water damage and ice dams. Your roofing, siding and wood trim will thank you later. You can DIY this task in an afternoon or hire a professional for a reasonable cost (averaging $150, depending on the location and size of your home).
If you choose to go the DIY route, be careful if you climb a ladder or get up on your roof. Wear shoes with good grip, and make sure your equipment is in good condition.
6. Warm Weather Birds?
If you’re living in a climate that’s warm year-round, first of all, you’re lucky! Since the weather will likely drop to more comfortable temperatures than what you’re used to in the summertime, the winter could be a great time for you to knock small maintenance tasks off your list, like cleaning your gutters or repainting your shed.
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