Get Your Southern Home Ready for Winter with These 3 Easy Tips

Get Your Southern Home Ready for Winter with These 3 Easy Tips

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Winter in the South can be drastically different than it is for those who live in colder climates. Sure, there are colder days, a frost here and there, and you may even get a snow or ice storm, but it’s just as likely that you are enjoying plenty of outdoor activities without being bundled up in multiple layers of winter gear. Those differences affect how you prepare your home for the winter season. These three simple tips can help you get ready for cooler weather, no matter where you live in the southern tier.

1. Plan for Pests

There are millions upon millions of tiny pests roaming around outside. Insects, spiders, lizards and rodents are just a few of the broad categories. When the weather turns cooler, these critters want to find a warm place to spend their winter. Unfortunately, that means they will probably try to get inside your house. Take time to seal any gaps or cracks in the exterior of your home and repair or replace any damaged screens. No matter how careful you are sealing the house, you should complete that barrier with a pest control treatment. Find a professional you can trust to keep unwanted pests outside by reading Fort Myers Pest Control reviews.

2. Trim Trees and Shrubs

Ice can damage trees and other landscaping plants, potentially causing them to fall on homes or outdoor structures. Limit this potential by keeping them trimmed and neat. It also encourages healthy growth and removes dead or sick limbs that are more likely to break under stress. If any branches are close to or over power lines, be sure to contact your utility company before you do any work. In some cases, the company will come out and trim the trees for you.

3. Check Heating Systems

When you don’t use the heat for most of the year, it is easy to overlook it come fall. However, you should take the time to do a pre-season inspection of everything, make sure it is in working condition and change out any filters as needed. If you rely on fuel deliveries, go ahead and schedule one now so you aren’t left in the cold when demand for heating fuel spikes later on.

You want ot be prepared for the winter, even if it only lasts a short time where you live. A little work in sealing your home, addressing landscape needs and inspecting the heating system goes a long way to making the winter go more smoothly.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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