Last year, Nashville’s winter started out mild and dry. With around 65 degrees on Christmas and not a snow flake in sight, we thought spring was just around the corner. January, however, was a harsh reality. Snow, ice, freezing temperatures for weeks on end. We were not prepared for this. Aside from the loss of a small and already dead tree, our home didn’t sustain any damage.This year I am not taking any chances so I have already started prepping our home for the worst.I already inspected the gutters and cleaned out any leaves and debris.I also replaced a few gutter nails with gutter screws. Several gutter nails have come loose from their respective locations and caused the gutters over the deck to hang away from the roof.This pack of 10 screws is around $9 at Home Depot.I drained, cleaned, and stored away hoses. Then I covered the outdoor faucet with foam covers. These help reduce the likelihood of frozen pipes.
I am still working on my outdoor furniture. Basically, I will clean and cover my chairs and table with a waterproof cover. Of course it’s best to store them in a shed or garage. Do the same with your BBQ grill.
A few weeks ago I trimmed several trees and bushes. When large limbs are broken in an ice storm, they can cause major damage and expense. One of my small trees was crushed by ice last winter. Luckily the tree wasn’t nearby cars, fences, or houses.I recently painted the exterior of the house. This was a good time for me to replace any old caulking around windows and doors. Sealing leaks can reduce energy costs by 15 to 30%.
This is the first time I’ll be using a window insulation kit. I’ve heard good things about it. My kit is from the Dollar Store. It’s basically Saran wrap with two-sided tape. Let me know if you’ve ever used one.Every few months I change the air vent filter. This is important as it keeps adequate heat or air flowing freely through your vents. Aside from keeping air flowing properly, it can also save you money on your heat and cooling bills. Air filters are fairly inexpensive, although some go as high as $20 per filter. Not sure if they are any better. I paid less than $3 for a pack of four.
Other things I do to get ready for winter:
I probably forgot some important things, but I feel and sleep better knowing our home is sort of protected from a potentially harsh winter.
How do you get your home ready for winter?