It’s July, which means winter is almost here!
Not really, but getting ahead on the winter season can be crucial in the summer. Procrastinating winter prep can lead to some tasks being harder to accomplish and prices being higher due to everyone else scrambling to prepare. Here are a few ways you can start preparing for the winter season now:
1. Winterize Your Home
Winterizing your home is so much easier to do in the summer. You should make sure that your home is well insulated to keep in the heat during the winter. Don’t forget to check for drafts around your windows and doors that also may let heat out.
2. Do Some Yard Work
If a tree has a branch that could possibly fall on your home during a winter storm, look into getting it cut off. If you plan on cutting the tree down yourself, please take the necessary safety precautions.
3. Clean Your Chimney
It is very important to regularly have your fireplace and chimney cleaned. Creosote, a chemical that results from wood burning, can build up in your chimney overtime. This can become very dangerous as creosote is highly flammable. Don’t forget to also clean your furnace, if you have one, and replace the air filter.
4. Install Important Detectors
If you are going to be using a fireplace or a wood stove during the winter, it is important that you have both a smoke detector and carbon-monoxide detector near the area. You should test them once a month to make sure that they are ready to go for the winter season.
5. Inspect Your Fire Extinguisher
Your fire extinguisher is your first line of defense should a fire start in your house. During the summer you should inspect your fire extinguisher to make sure it’s ready to go for the winter. Most extinguishers have a pressure gauge that will help you see whether the device is in the correct operating range. If the pressure range is off, consider getting a new fire extinguisher or having your fire extinguisher recharged.
6. Prepare Your Car
Summer is a great time to put together your winter emergency kit for your car. Essential items to include in your emergency kit are jumper cables, a first aid kit, a blanket, a flashlight, and a basic tool kit. Don’t forget to pick up an ice scraper for those snowy mornings.
7. Build Your Home Emergency Kit
Just like your car, it is crucial that you keep a winter emergency kit in your home as well. Important items to include in your home emergency kit are rock salt, shovels, bottled water, and a generator.
8. Prepay Your Oil or Upgrade Your Stove
Prepaying your oil allows you to make a single payment upfront for your oil in the summer. Pre-season oil prices are often lower and you can get a better deal. Upgrading your stove can also give you peace of mind to not stress about heating your house in the winter. Winslow Community FCU’s Energy Saver Loans can help fund your winter preparations with our great low rates! Learn more about our Energy Saver Loans and how we can help you have a stress-free winter season by calling 207-872-2636.