Tips For Protecting Your Home In Extreme Cold

Protecting your home during extreme cold is essential to ensure the safety and well-being of your family as well as the prevention of dangerous and costly disasters in the home. It is important to think about your normal habits for heating your home, and be certain you adjust accordingly so you aren’t putting your property at risk. Here are some tips to help you safeguard your home during extremely cold weather:

  • Insulate Pipes:
    • Insulate exposed pipes to prevent them from freezing and bursting. This is particularly important for pipes in attics, crawl spaces, and along exterior walls.
  • Keep Faucets Dripping:
    • Allow faucets to drip slightly to keep water flowing, reducing the risk of pipes freezing. Running water is less likely to freeze.
  • Seal Leaks:
    • Inspect doors and windows for any drafts or leaks. Seal gaps with weather stripping or caulking to prevent cold air from entering your home. Open cabinets where pipes are housed to keep them warmer.
  • Maintain Heating Systems:
    • Regularly service your heating systems, including furnaces and fireplaces. Ensure they are in good working condition and have adequate fuel.
  • Use Space Heaters Safely:
    • If using space heaters, follow safety guidelines. Keep them away from flammable materials, ensure proper ventilation, and turn them off when not in use.
  • Install Storm Windows:
    • Consider installing storm windows or using thermal curtains to add an extra layer of insulation and keep cold air out.
  • Protect Outdoor Faucets:
    • Disconnect and drain garden hoses. Cover outdoor faucets with foam insulators to prevent freezing.
  • Clear Gutters and Downspouts:
    • Remove leaves and debris from gutters to prevent ice dams. Ensure downspouts direct water away from the foundation.
  • Check Insulation:
    • Inspect the insulation in your attic and walls. Proper insulation helps retain heat and prevents drafts.
  • Keep a Winter Emergency Kit:
    • Prepare a winter emergency kit with essentials like blankets, flashlights, batteries, and non-perishable food items.
  • Keep the Thermostat Consistent:
    • Turn off your programable schedule and maintain a consistent temperature in your home, even if you’re away. If you’re someone who keeps your home cold to save heating costs, this is not the time for frugality. Spending a little more to keep your home consistently warmer during an extreme cold snap can save you a great deal of money by preventing frozen pipes and failed heating equipment. 
  • Prepare for Power Outages:
    • Have backup power sources, such as a generator, and keep essentials like flashlights and batteries handy in case of a power outage.
  • Be Cautious with Space Heaters:
    • If using space heaters, keep them away from flammable materials, follow manufacturer guidelines, and turn them off when leaving the room.
  • Make the best use of curtains:
    • Close your curtains at night and if it’s cloudy during the day, keep them closed to hold in the heat.
  • Keep heat inside:
    • Try not to open exterior doors. Keep garage doors closed and be sure to shore up any gaps at the bottom. Cover pet doors and mail slots.
  • Stay Informed:
    • Stay informed about weather forecasts and warnings.

By taking these measures, you can help protect your home and stay warm during this extremely cold weather. All of us at Bourne’s Energy care about your safety and are working as quickly as we can to service customers in need. Take care and check on your neighbors.