Like it or not, it’s just about time to pull out the parka and make sure the flip flops and Hawaiian shirts are safely tucked away, out of sight. The winter is coming whether you or your house is ready for it. So, it’s in your best interest to your home, and yourself, to be ready for the coming onslaught. Unfortunately, you are going to be spending a lot more time in doors in the coming season, so here are some tips to make sure your home, and more importantly you, survive the coming New Jersey Winter.
10 – Seal up your home. In the winter, cold air and moisture is the enemy. Make sure to fix any peeling siding, and that any insulation around windows and doorways isn’t cracked or worn away. It’s much easier to take care of this kind of issue before the snow and cold weather arrives.
09 – Preparedness goes a long way. Take some time to make sure your home is well provisioned to deal with the coming season. Does the furnace work? Is the garage/shed provisioned with an ample supply of salt or sand? Do you have a working shovel? These aren’t questions you want to be asking after the first dump of snow.
08 – Ample lighting.The decreased amount of sunlight each day leaves many homeowners with an unwelcome case of the blues. This is issue is only compounded if you live in a dim, dank environment. Turn some lights on and ensure that you are using fresh bulbs of the proper wattage throughout your home.
07 – Layers of curtains/drapes over windows. Heavier drapes and window coverings help to insulate your home during especially cold snaps. During the day, it is recommended that you keep the drapes open on as many south-facing windows as possible to allow sunlight to warm your home.
06 – Reverse the fan. During the summer, we like to keep the fan moving to push cold air down on us. In the winter, try reversing the flow to circulate the warm air that tends to congregate at higher elevations, near the roof.
05 – Expand your outdoor living space. Outfit your outdoor spaces with outdoor heaters, or a fire pit and ensure you have an ample supply of blankets. There are a selection of propane heaters and fire pits available to help in creating a warm and cozy outdoor space, even if there is snow on the ground.
04 – Clear those gutters. This is another one of those preventative measures that is best taken care of before the snow arrives. An important step toward preventing that moisture and cold air from entering your home, a build-up can cause some serious problems especially when frozen.
03 – Consider a humidifier. The process of creating a warm, comfortable home can often leave the air with a definite lack of moisture, wreaking havoc on your skin. A simple humidifier can return a bit of that moisture to the air, making your winter hibernation that much more bearable.
02 – Create a workout room. Everybody gets a case of cabin fever from time to time, especially when you are forced to remain indoors for long stretches. Create a workout room, or space in a room, where you can move around a bit. All the better if you have a workout machine or weights.
01 - A functional welcome mat. Not every house is outfitted with a mudroom but a quality and functional mat can be a good alternative. Not only does it create a natural barrier between your home and the elements but should send a clear message to visitors to wipe their feet before entering the home. This, in turn, has the added benefit of making the host that much more welcoming.