How to Prep for Extreme Cold


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change is altering our seasons. Summers are getting hotter, and winters are
getting colder which means that we need to start preparing for extreme cold,
especially if you live in a northern state. What do you need to do to make your
home when, as Ned Stark so iconically stated, winter is coming?

Have Your Furnace Serviced

be relying on your furnace to keep you warm during the colder winter months, so
the last thing you want is for it to break down when it’s below freezing.

temperatures start dropping, have your furnace

and if necessary serviced by a professional. A little bit of preventative
maintenance can save you from freezing during the winter.

the rest of the year, keep up with the essential furnace maintenance. Change
out your filters, and check the visible portions of your furnace for any signs
of problems that could take your heating unit offline when you need it the

Protect Your Pipes

pipes that bring water into your home are probably the most vulnerable parts of
your home when the temperature drops. Frozen pipes can crack, pouring icy water
into your home and causing hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage.

by taking a close look at your exterior pipes and make sure that they’re all
adequately insulated
. Don’t forget to check the pipes in the unheated areas of your home,
like garages and basements, which are just as vulnerable.

exterior faucets and taps, remove any hoses and empty them before you store
them for the season. Even if the valve is insulated, the tube is not and can
freeze, causing damage.

Drop the Interior Temperature

the mercury falls, it’s tempting to crank up the heat to stay warm, but this
could lead to a furnace failure. Your furnace will have to work even harder to
keep the interior warm, and it might not be able to keep up with the
temperature changes. Drop the
thermostat to 68
or below if you can handle the cold or don’t mind layering up to keep
your furnace from burning out or driving up your electric or gas bill during
the winter months.

Have a Backup Plan

furnace can only keep you warm while it has power or fuel, so if you run out of
gas or the electricity fails you’ll need to have a backup plan to keep your
house warm.

you’ve got a fireplace, this can provide heat, but you need to make sure to
have your chimney serviced before you need it. A clogged vent can be a fire
hazard and can cause smoke to build up in your home.

keeping a generator or two in your garage, and use those to power things like
space heaters if the power goes out.

course, you also need to make sure you have plenty of warm clothes that you can
layer up because if push comes to shove, that will be your best way to stay

Stay Warm!

you’ve finished all your prep, all that you have left to do is sit back and
enjoy the beautiful winter weather. Stay warm!