8 tips to prepare your home for the bitter cold

MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — You don’t need to buy a thermometer to know it’s cold outside and it’s about to get even colder.

But there are some things you can buy at Cash True Value in Mystic which may help keep your home warm as the temperatures drop into the single digits and lower.

“It’s more likely that your pipes are going to freeze,” said store manager Jon Daigle.

There are a few ways to protect your pipes and prepare your home for the bitter cold.

Tip one – insulate your pipes.

“The cold air has moisture in it,” says Daigle. “If moisture collects on top of a piece of metal it makes it freeze.”

You can also use heat tape to keep them from freezing.

pipe heat tape
WTNH/ Tina Detelj

Tip two – cover outdoor faucets.

“One of the easiest ways for cold air to get into your home is through exposed pipes,” says Daigle. “Exposed pipe would be your outdoor faucet.”

Tip three – let water drip from an indoor faucet to keep the water moving.

“If the water’s not flowing you just have a solid mass of water trapped between two places almost as if you filled up an ice cube tray,” said Daigle.

If the water freezes it can burst a pipe.

Tip four – insulate windows. There are quite a few kits available.

Tip five – weather strip doors.

“What you’re doing with weather stripping and covering the windows you’re eliminating the cold air coming into the house which will ultimately keep the heat in the house longer,” said Daigle.

window insulation kit
WTNH/ Tina Detelj

Tip six – fill in cracks and gaps. You can use spray insulation to get into tight spaces.

Tip seven – make sure you have enough oil or propane to heat your house.

firewood budles
WTNH/ Tina Detelj

Tip eight – bring in firewood. It will save you a trip out into the cold and help dry the wood.

“The drier the wood the easier the fire will start for ya,” said Daigle.

If you’re not able to install a window insulation kit, you can at least make sure you keep your curtains closed. They also insulate and keep out the cold.

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