These tips can help to make sure your house is ready for the cold temperatures.

As January kicks off, the chilly outside temperatures are turning downright cold. If you didn’t have time to get your house ready for the cold before the new year, don’t worry! It is never too late to take the right steps to winterize your home.

Follow these winter home protection tips to ensure your house can weather the cold until spring comes along.

Throw on your jacket and head outside to:

  • Trim back any overgrown or dead branches so that they are not hanging over your roof or any electrical wires. Snow and ice that collects on branches can be too heavy to support, causing the branches to snap off.
  • Make sure all pots and planters that are made of fragile materials, such as clay, are brought indoors or out of the elements.
  • Cover all patio furniture with a heavy duty tarp or store them in your garage or shed.

Head back inside to:

  • Get your furnace professionally tuned up and make sure your filters are clean. Getting your furnace inspected at least once a year will help to prolong its lifespan and keep you warm.
  • Replace all screen windows with storm windows. Repair all broken glass on all windows and doors to prevent drafts from getting inside.
  • Add extra insulation to your attic. Additional insulation will help to keep you warm and prevent ice dams from forming on your roof.

Get ready for an emergency:

  • Check your emergency kit to make sure you have everything you need, including water, food, blankets, warm clothes, and medication.
  • If you have a generator, make sure you have plenty of gas on hand to keep it running.

Most importantly, take a look at your homeowners insurance policy to ensure you have the right amount of coverage. for all of your home coverage needs in Bristol, Farmington, Plainville, and surrounding Connecticut areas, contact North American Underwriters.