FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — It’s important to make sure your home is winter-ready and there are easy things you can do to get it there.
- If you have plants you’ll want to protect them. It’s ideal to get plants that can survive in winter like pansies or mums, but if you don’t, you’ll want to cover shrubs with a wire mesh screening or add mulch. Mulch helps keep the soil at a more even temperature.
- Check your gutters. This is good all year round, but you don’t want to attract anything that could weigh them down.
- Finally, always have salt on hand to prevent slips and falls on sidewalks and driveways.
- On especially cold days, keep your faucets dripping. This will help water move through the pipes and prevent them from freezing and bursting, which can be expensive to fix.
- For those with fireplaces, get them inspected before you fire them up. This will ensure that there are no animal nests or anything that can be a hazard.
- Next, block the cold out. Older windows could have air leaks that can let warm air out or cold air in. You can use a special tape to seal the holes.
The City of Fayetteville offers energy-saving kits with this tape and other items to low-income families.
“It’s helping folks maintain that affordable housing stock,” said project coordinator for the city, Adam Roberts. “Making sure that people can still have affordable housing here in Fayetteville.”
Click here for information on how to get one.