Whether you’re a seasoned New Englander or you’ve just moved to the area, it’s essential to know how to best prepare for the cold winters in New England. Check out these tips on starting your winter preparations now before the snow storms begin!
1. Invest in Snow Tires
If your vehicle doesn’t have 4-wheel drive, consider investing in snow tires that will improve traction for snowy and icy roads considerably. Not only will snow tires make your vehicle safer, but changing them will also extend the life of your regular tires and protect them from harsh winter conditions.
2. Buy Two Shovels Immediately
As the snowy months approach, hardware stores often sell out of snow shovels when you need them most. Prepare for New England blizzards early and head to your local hardware store to buy two sturdy shovels–one to have on hand in case the first breaks!
3. Install Storm Windows and Doors
One of the easiest ways to survive the cold winters is to insulate your home with storm windows and doors. Replace your screen windows and doors with glass to optimize thermal efficiency and keep the cold drafts out. Although PVC panels are less expensive, opt for glass: it’s more durable and will save you money in the long run that you would otherwise spend on heating costs.
4. Clean Out Your Gutters
Make sure your gutters are clear of autumn debris, such as leaves, sticks, and grass. Keeping them clean will help avoid snow build-up both in the gutters and on the roof, and will allow the snow to drain without difficulty.
5. Check For Damages: Leaks, Holes, Cracks
Avoid problems in your house by checking your floors, pipes, attic, and basement for damage that might cause problems when the temperature drops. It’s imperative to fix these problems immediately so you don’t have to deal with issues in the dead of winter.
6. Stock Up on Non-Perishable Foods & Bottled Water
Going to the grocery store is a daunting and potentially dangerous task when there’s four feet of snow on the ground and the roads aren’t plowed. Stock up on bottled water and non-perishable foods such as dry, frozen, or canned goods. You’ll be well-prepared when a blizzard snows you in!
7. Plan for Annual Maintenance
In the event of a leaky pipe or broken heater, it can be difficult to track down a professional to come fix your appliances quickly. Make appointments in the fall for licensed contractors to come check your pipes, furnace, chimney, and roof to ensure your home is thoroughly prepared for winter conditions in New England.