Winter Ready Your Home Tips

Don’t put off until the bitter cold hits what you can do now to ready your home for winter tips is the topic of today’s blog post.


It’s never too early or too late to take the bull or bison by the horns and show the elements who’s boss with these winter ready your home tips.

bull bison

Big blustery talk won’t cut it, but the big blustery winds of winter will cut right through cracks, crevices, ill-fitting weather-stripping, and exposed pipes.

Can you feel the brrr?

There’s winter ready your home tips for that.

Hygge is the Danish word used to describe a mood of coziness, comfortable, and contentment.


I wholeheartedly subscribe to this feeling for house and home in spring, summer, fall and especially winter.

Cozy comfortable contentment is nurtured by warmth and peace of mind promoted by these winter ready your home tips.

Winter Ready Your Home Tips

Drafts, and cracks and leaks are the enemy of the manageable heating bill.

Seek them out and seal them up with a tube of caulk.

Check around your windows and doorframes for cracked, rotted or missing weatherstripping, installing new to prevent and reduce warm air from escaping.

Cover vents and openings to prevent unwanted guests of the eek! kind from making a winter home.

window shutters


The window frame that is in a state of decay will give way to the harshness of old man winter.

Replace any rotting wood, caulk and seal, and feel the warmth, not a draft.

Remove any and all debris, leaves, sticks, pine needles, pecans (gifts from these little darlings) from gutters.

squirrel eating nut

Snow Squirrel

Trim and cut any branches back from your house.

I suggest hiring a professional service to remove overgrown limbs, branches, and vines from electrical wires. 

Don’t forget to winterize the patio furniture, planters, and pots we love to summer outdoor living to.

Clean patio furniture and allow to completely dry, and then store in storage shed, basement, or garage to protect from the elements.

Clean out planters and move potted plants inside.

Remove water hoses, wrap, and store away for the season.

Drain sprinkler heads and valves in order to eliminate the pipes from bursting.


Close drain valves.

Set sprinkler timer to appropriate settings for the winter.

Wrap exposed pipes and cover outdoor faucets with a faucet cover to protect and prevent damage.  


There’s a time and a place for a DIY project, and getting your wood-burning fireplace safely and accurately winter ready is not one of those times.

The best tip in this area is this: hire a professional chimney sweep.


Stock up now on the baby, it’s snowing outside essentials such as ice melter, snow shovel(s), ice chopper(s), snow brush, and snow scraper.


Perform an at home diagnostic test on your snow blower.

Change the oil and replace the spark plug.


I’ve sought Dave the Builder’s advice on the following:

Getting Your HVAC System Winter Ready for Your Home Tips

Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to clean return air grills, vents, and floor registers.

Start the season with a clean, new air filter.  Change filter every thirty (30) days.

Cover window unit A/C with an insulated liner.

Look into replacing an older thermostat with an energy efficient programmable model.

Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest Learning Thermostat

Reverse the settings on ceiling fans to clockwise to blow the hot air downward. suggests turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting to promote saving as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling.

Safety is always in season.

Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms.

Install a carbon monoxide detector or an all-in-one unit.

First Alert SCO501CN-3ST Battery Operated Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Voice LocationFirst Alert SCO501CN-3ST Battery Operated Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Voice Location

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Getting prepared now with these winter ready your home tips feathers the nest with protection as well as peace of mind for the winter months ahead.

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Ice Ice Baby It’s Too Cold! Preparing Your Home For Cold Weather

Thank you, Vanilla Ice,  for your catchy lyric and befitting words.

This blast from the past catchy little lyric keeps on giving, and it could not be more appropriate than at this I’m freezing my tuchus off time of year.

Ice Ice  Baby it’s too cold!

Let’s look at preparing your home for cold weather.

preparing your home for cold weather

I recommend following the principle of P-plan, prep and protect.

winter storm temperatures

Wind-resistant and waterproof gear for people, places and things who will come in contact with extreme outdoor temps and exposure a must!

Preparing our son for his move to Canada taught us that lesson.

Base layering applies to people, plants and pipes.

Protect exposed skin from frostbite by basically NOT going outdoors in freezing temperatures.

If being outdoors is absolutely unavoidable, dress in layers beginning with a base layer and protect the ears, nose, toes, fingers, chin and cheeks.

tubular pipe insulation

Wrap exposed pipes with cloth or insulated tubing.

Further protect pipes by keeping the  wind and frigid air off and away from them as much as possible.

Elevated or raised houses such as those with a pier and beam foundation  have exposed pipes that need to be protected from harsh, frigid winter temperatures and blowing winds.

Wrapping the exposed space between the bottom floor and ground with plastic sheeting or tar paper will protect the pipes from the elements.

Allow water to drip from interior faucets to maintain water flow activity and to keep pressure from building up in the pipes.

It’s also a good idea to disconnect water hoses from the  exterior spigots.

In case of leak or pipe burst, turn off your home’s water supply at the water shut-off valve to avoid further damage.


Dave the Builder, the resident HVAC expert, suggests leaving the thermostat on a consistent setting keep the pipes warm.

If circumstances call for you to be away from your home during periods of extreme winter temps, Dave suggests leaving the thermostat temperature set at 60ºF.

A consistent interior setting will reduce temperature fluctuation and help to keep pipes warm.

Open cabinet doors in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room to allow the heat in your home to circulate around the pipes.

sink and cabinet

Stay warm and safe!