One of the biggest priorities for people this winter is staying warm. It sounds like an obvious thing, given that in the colder months you want to stay warmer and more comfortable, but this year is a bit different. The energy crisis is affecting everybody around the world, and that means people are having to choose between eating or heating their homes. We know that it is too cold, and there can be some dangerous conditions created, with a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, and even carbon monoxide poisoning if your internal home systems are not looked after properly.
From making sure that you book your HVAC repair, to ensure that you are layering up your house and thickening the carpets with extra rugs, there are things that you need to do to stay warm this winter. Instead of putting yourself in a position of danger, follow the tips below and you can make sure that your home stays warm.
- Always have an emergency kit. You need one for your house and one for your cars, and the car emergency kit should include flares, jumper cables, ice scrapers, food, and water. You should even truck in a blanket and an insulated jacket. The one you have in your home should be full of batteries, candles and matches, emergency phone numbers, and expect charging port, and you should have some bottled water. If you have a blackout in the middle of the winter, or your car breaks down, you need to be protected.
- Prepare the car. Antifreeze levels in your vehicle have to be good and you should make sure the batteries are charged, and you’ve checked the heater and the defroster. If you are living in an area at an increased risk of icy or snowy weather, you want to make sure that you are as careful as possible. Installing snow tires on your car and ensuring that your car is ready for the freezing weather is essential. You can also ensure that you add a locator to your vehicle because if you get stuck someone can find you.
- get a backup generator. If the power does go out, and it happens regularly when it’s snowy or icy outside, you need to make sure you have another way to power your home. A backup generator can help but never use one inside the home, shed, or garage. Even if the doors and windows are open you are opening your family to carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s a good idea to make sure that your generator is outside the house but insulated from the weather.
- Improve your heating. We talked about HVAC repair, but you also need to think of simple things such as closing the blinds on the curtains and closing off unused rooms to avoid wasting heat.
Making sure that your home is warm this winter is so important for your health and your happiness. It’s not just your physical health that’s affected, but your mental health as well. Heed this advice and make winter easier on you and your family.