When you’ve lived through a few winters, you figure you’ve got this down. You don’t need advice on how to get through the winter months, right? You’re set and ready to go, to the point where you’re just looking forward to the Christmassy things to come. You’re in charge! Winter hasn’t got anything it can’t throw at you!
While your confidence is almost certainly not misplaced, that doesn’t mean that you’re immune. At its best, winter is a magical, wonderful time. At it’s worst, it’s a living nightmare. With climate change skewing the entire weather system, what you’re used to expecting might not be what comes along this year. Now we can have humid Halloweens and rain through July, it’s tough to know what to expect. With that in mind, it is important to make sure our family home is ready for what’s coming.
1. Dealing With Snow And Dealing With Rain Are Very Different Things
In case you’re not a weather nerd, El Nino and La Nina are two weather systems that mirror one another. El Nino warms the oceans; his sister La Nina comes along after and cools them down. While this may sound like a detail, it affects the weather worldwide, meaning some winters are cold while others are wet. 2015 saw one of the biggest El Nino’s on record, meaning a wet winter. It’s likely the same will be true of 2017 – not so much snow, a lot of rain.
So what does that mean for your family? Think about flooding. Sand bags are always useful, and move any essential items to as high a ground as possible if there are storms coming. Make sure your kids are aware of what they need to do if the worst comes to the worst and there is flooding.
2. Energy Efficiency Is More Important Than Ever
With weather being so unpredictable, it’s important to try and make sure your home is ready for what winter has in store. Whatever that may be! Now’s the time to start checking your ability to deal with the following:
- Heating. Depending on the system you use, get your boiler serviced or stock up on wood burning stove parts now.
- Ventilation. Extra water from a rainy winter can be a breeding ground for mould, so check your ventilation is in full effect.
- Insulation. Don’t assume because you have it that it’s winter ready. Get a torch and go and look for any signs of damage.
3. Expect The Unexpected
A lot of what we’ve talked about refers to what may happen, not what definitely will. The truth is, this is a whole new world and you need to be ready for anything. The worst thing you can do is assume that it’s going to be one way or the other. Putting all your money and effort into preparing for one thing will end badly if another happens. The best tactics are ones that leave some wiggle room, so you and your house can get through to spring without any catastrophes.