Preparing for Winter
Winter is a volatile season for weather. Depending on where you reside the type and degree of preparation you need to address winter weather may vary. For most of the U.S, preparing for winter weather involves preparing for ice and snow. The blizzards and bad storms that struck the northeast in the past are examples of how important preparing for winter really is. From shutdowns and road closures to widespread power outages or just arctic temperatures, winter is a trying time and requires preparatory measures. Below are a couple of steps you can take to better prepare yourself for the bitter cold weather.
Keep your home at a consistent temperature during the worst of the cold weather. This will help prevent pipes from freezing and ensure that your appliances continue to function well. Furnaces, water heaters, and plumbing lines should be used regularly during the winter. Set the temperatures moderately–not too high to run up energy costs, but not so cold that your home is adversely affected. If you are away, consider keeping cabinet doors where pipes are located open to allow warm air circulation to keep them from freezing. Also, consider allowing a small trickle of water to run out of the faucet.