We’re in the latter half of fall now and winter’s around the corner. Here in Cache Valley, we’ve had some scattered snow and some very cold days. As I write this now, the temperature is reading around 75 degrees, which isn’t bad, but that’s not going to keep up for much longer. We’re going to be looking at cold days ahead, so to help prepare for winter, here’s some things a few businesses around Cache Valley suggest you think about.
1. Winterize Your House
Your house is shelter from the elements. It stands between you and the biting cold, the snow, and the wind. If it’s not doing those things, then you need to winterize your home. You need to make sure that your house is sealed against the cold to keep the warm air inside. You want to make sure that snow won’t turn to ice on your roof. You want to make sure water can’t leak into it from outside. If all else fails, you want to make sure that you have what you need in case the power goes out. Alpine Cleaning and Restoration has provided some helpful tips on how to winterize your home to do all of this.
2. Winterize Your Car
Just as your house has certain considerations for winter, your car might need a few touch-ups to keep it in good condition for the cold weather. In the case of your car, it’s less about comfort than it is about safety. You don’t want your car slipping on the road, or breaking down while you’re on vacation. You need to make sure your car is visible to others on the road and that the conditions of the winter won’t cause it to wear out while you’re driving it. S E Performance, a mechanic shop in Logan, has their own list of important things to do to winterize your car in Cache Valley.
3. Deep Cleaning
We normally think of spring as the time for deep cleaning, and that’s a good time for it after all the time we’ve spent indoors. You want to do a deep clean before winter, too, though; if you’re going to be spending time indoors, you don’t want to spend it living in the dirt and grim built up during the rest of the year. Clean Freak, a cleaning service in Cache Valley, tells us that there are several areas of winter cleaning that often get overlooked. These not only help us breathe easier by getting rid of dust built up, but also help us maximize winter daylight hours to fight off those seasonal blues.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to prepare for the Covid-19 issues. Make sure you have a healthy supply of hand sanitizer and cleaners. Don’t forget to wash the frequently touched surfaces (like tables, doorknobs, and computers) regularly to minimize the spread of the disease. This goes doubly for any businesses in Cache Valley. We all have to do our part to slow the spread!
4. Prepare For Snow Removal
There will be snow. There always is. The last few years have seen some particularly big snowstorms around the middle of winter. Removing that snow is critical, whether it’s for homes or businesses. Snow keeps us from getting out of our homes and driveways, but it can also create hazards. If allowed to pack, the lower layers of snow can condense into slippery ice. To avoid this, you should have a plan for snow removal and make sure you’ve got the best tools. CV Lawn King, a company that handles snow removal, has their own recommendations for snow shovels to handle the Cache Valley winter storms, and suggests making plans ahead of time so you know what to do when the snow falls.
5. Clean The Air
The inversion hits Cache Valley every winter, making the air turn bad for brief periods. On days like those, you’re going to be spending even more time indoors than usual. In that case, you want to make sure the air in your home is good, right? Easy Breezy Ducts, a company in Logan that specializes in air duct cleaning, suggests, well, cleaning your air ducts. They could tell you horror stories of things they’ve found in air ducts that wreak havoc on your health, from gobs of cat hair, to carcinogenic fiberglass dust from home reconstruction. If it’s been a while since you cleaned your air ducts, you should check on that and make sure the air they pump through your home is good and clean.
6. Entertain Yourself
It gets boring if you’re stuck inside all winter. Thanks to the outbreak, a lot of our usual activities aren’t really options anymore. Going to the theater, for example, really isn’t doable for now. If you can’t go to the theater, you can try bringing the theater home. Rapture Audio suggests upgrading your tv room to build the perfect home theater experience. Even if you don’t have the money to fully upgrade to a genuine home theater, it’s still possible to upgrade what you’ve currently got. Improving the location and settings of your sound equipment can maximize the quality you get from it. It’s all about knowing how to set it up.
7. Make Space
With everybody staying at home, it’s going to get pretty crowded. You might need to free up some space. Vernon Storage suggests considering seasonal storage options. Seasonal storage is the practice of only using storage rental to hold seasonal items during the season you’re not using them. For winter, this would mean storing all those summer vehicles you can’t use, and the summer lawn care equipment you don’t need. This allows you to free up space in your home, and also reduces the amount of storage space you actually need to pay for. It also helps you keep track of your possessions because you switch your storage out twice a year. You end up seeing what you have in storage consistently and it helps identify what you are and aren’t using. This makes it easier to get rid of things you don’t need, freeing up even more space.
And since your summer vehicles and equipment aren’t being shoved into your garage, you’ll have room to put your cars in there. Since they aren’t sitting out in the cold, you’re not wasting valuable gas idling as you scrape the windshields free of ice and warm them up to drive. Parking in the garage will also leave your car less exposed to the elements that might wear it out faster.
Get Ready Now
Some of these you might be able to do after the snow comes – like upgrading your entertainment option – but some of them are better done before it gets too cold. Time is running out before snow becomes a regular thing to deal with. Don’t waste what time you’ve got left putting these things off. Now’s the best time to take care of your winter preparations if you want to be ready for it. If you wait, you might just find yourself in a tight spot, trying to do it at a time when you really needed it to already be done. A little planning and preparation now can save a lot of inconvenience later!