The winter is a favorite time of year for people all over the world. There are so many incredible changes that take place like the dropping temperatures and the falling snow. Not to mention, this is also home to some of the most loved holidays like Christmas, however with winter always comes a fair amount of challenge. As much as the winter months can represent a time of family, friends, and good memories, the colder temperatures can make like a little harder than it normally is the rest of the year.
Thankfully, with a little preparation, there’s nothing that winter can’t throw your way that you won’t be able to handle. If you do a little leg work, you can prepare for the winter season in a way that will have you ready to enjoy all of its winter magic and handle the stress of it like a pro.
If you have been wanting to find things you need for your home this winter, here is everything you need to know.
- A Screen Door
If there is one simple upgrade that you can make to your home that will have a big impact, you can’t get better than installing a screen door. Screen doors are fixed to the exterior of your home and provide incredible convenience for any homeowner. For some people, the screen door is such a basic and simple upgrade that it’s easy to take it for granted. If you have gotten used to life with a screen door and you move to a home that doesn’t have one – you immediately can notice the difference.
The convenience that a screen door brings into your life, is that it allows you and yours to open up your home and get fresh air in without inviting unwanted guests like bugs or debris. During the winter, you may be thinking that getting some fresh air may not be as much of a priority due to the frigid temps; however, a screen door in the winter can still have brought a big benefit. To start, if you live in an area with a lot of snowfall, getting a screen door can help you keep the snow off of your doorway directly. This can be useful after a fresh snow since you can open your front door without the snow falling inside.
When it comes to the style of the screen door, there are two general options. The first is the more traditional hinged screen door which is a great choice but can be a hassle as it represents an entire second door to navigate. The other kind is a magnetic screen door. This style has a door screen magnetic closure mechanism that makes it efficient for protecting your home with a durable mesh cover but removes the hassle of a second door. Instead, the magnetic clasps on the mesh screens close seamlessly once you pass through, and only require direct pressure to open.
This creates all of the benefits of a screen door without any of the inconvenience of a hinged door. Dogs and pets can easily push through it, and so can children. It’s also incredibly convenient for carrying things like drinks or food outside as well!
- Weather Stripping
Weatherstripping is an easy, fast, and reliable way to help your home stay warm and comfy this winter. There are certainly larger ticket items like making sure your roof has no leaks, or that your heating system is ready to go, that should be taken care of well before the cold weather kicks in. If you are looking for smaller things you can do to prepare your home, weather stripping is something to look into.
These small strips can be placed around door frames and window frames and provide a little extra insulation. Easy to install, these strips won’t just help your home stay warm and cozy, but they will also help you stay on top of your heating bill!
- Stock Up the Garage
If you live in an area that gets regular precipitation, make sure your garage is stocked with what you need when the ice and snowfall. This is something that’s great to take into inventory in late fall just in case you get a surprisingly early snowfall. Not only that, but in the case that early snow does happen – supplies like shovels, salt, and snow blowers can run short due to the acute demand. So doing a simple inventory check in late fall well before the snow will ensure that you are ready for any kind of inclement weather!
The winter is a great time to be around friends and family, and with these three easy tips, you can prepare your home well for it. Instead of being frustrated by the natural challenges of the season, with a little preparation, you can be well-prepared to enjoy this winter to the fullest!