Winter Prep with Fort Collins Storage Units

Admin | January 25, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

Winter is a tough season, and to make things better for you and for your home there are some tasks that should be completed at the beginning of the season. Taking the time to prep your home will make winter better overall and with access to self-storage, you'll get through your prep steps even sooner. Below is a simple set of tips to follow to reduce drafts, protect your belongings, and just help you deal with the winter cold. 

Block Drafts

Cold drafts are one of the worst things about winter. The last thing you want to feel while relaxing at home and have cold air flowing in through unsealed doors and windows. That's why it's important to take steps to prevent drafts from getting in. From adding simple accessories such as draft snakes to doorways, and plastic over your windows, to more substantial measures. There is a lot you can do to prevent drafts. Consider caulking around windows and adding foam sealant in cracks in your foundation or walls. If you have space in your storage unit, you could also invest in large items like storm doors and storm windows that you add in the winter and remove during the warm season. Taking steps to prevent drafts will lower your heat costs in the winter while making you feel more comfortable at the same time. 

Put Away Any Outdoor Items You Can

During the winter when you won't be using your outdoor furniture, garden hoses, tools, and accessories, it's a good time to pack them away for the season. When you put away your patio furniture, toys, tools, and other items for the winter, those items will last significantly longer before wearing out. That means you'll have them for longer and your yard will benefit from a cleaner look as well. Fort Collins storage units can give you the space you need to store all of the outdoor items that you can't fit in your home. Getting a storage unit for part of the year will help you prep for winter reliably and give you space to keep your space open and ready for any guests you may have. 

Create Space for Boots and Winter Gear

During the winter months, you and your family are likely wearing more clothing. From hats and gloves to thick winter coats and boots, there are more items to store when everyone comes in from outside. Consider keeping extra racks or storage crates available for winter. You can pull these storage items out for the cold months and put them back into your Fort Collins storage when you're finished with them.

Clean Your Chimney and Put Away AC Units

Just before winter is the perfect time to clean out any real chimneys you have in your home. Have a chimney sweep come to your home to give it a thorough cleaning, or clean it yourself to get it ready to burn throughout the winter. It's also the time to call an HVAC expert to inspect your furnace and ensure it's ready to run throughout the winter. You should pack up any window AC units you have as well. Many homeowners put these items into a garage or another home storage space, but self-storage units are used for this purpose too. 

Bring in Rugs, Blankets and Warm Coverings

Another simple way to prepare your home for winter that many homeowners don't think about is by adding lots of warm and soft accessories to your space. Get some throw rugs for hard floors, add an entry mat to soak up some of the dirt and mud from outdoors, and get blankets for your furniture. By adding a few warm accessories to each room of your home, you can make it feel warmer and cozier. 

Preparing for winter is a great deal of work, but it's worth the effort. When you properly prepare for the cold, your home will hold up better and you'll all be more comfortable as well. Learn to use storage in Fort Collins, CO, on Midpoint Dr. to help with your winter prep and things will get even simpler. The space offered by a quality storage unit can help you keep your winter prep supplies handy and give you the tools you need to start preparing for the cold today.