How to Prepare Your Garage for Winter

When it comes to winter, we often take all necessary precautions to keep the cold air out and the warm air in our homes. Let’s not forget that the garage is an often forgotten space that has a big impact on the temperature of the house. Here are a few tips to protect your garage from the effects of winter.

Insulate your garage
Garages are not constructed to hold in heat, which may cause issues for some during the winter. In some instances, garage temperatures may compare to outside temperatures, which isn’t ideal for you or the things stored in your garage. Insulating your garage door and walls is one way to retain a bit of extra heat during the blistering cold months.

Bundle up your water heater
Is your water heater housed in your garage (or in an unfinished basement)? This is a great tip for you! Your water heater works hard to keep your home’s water warm, but imagine how much harder it must work if it’s constantly cold on the outside. Invest in a water heater tank cover this season to alleviate this issue and the extra-added stress on your wallet.

Install a heater
Although this may be a bit extreme for some, others may find that installing a garage heater is an investment they’re willing to make. Do you work in your garage regularly during the winter months? Do you store temperature-sensitive materials or equipment in your space? If you answered yes to either of these questions, this may be a good investment for you!

Get organized
We cannot stress the importance of this enough. If you don’t have the time to do everything on this list before winter arrives, make time to do this one thing! Put away your spring and summer gear, and bring your cold-weather supplies to the forefront. Is your winter gear somewhere handy? Do you know where your boots and gloves are? Think about these things ahead of time to alleviate your stress later.

What are your plans for preparing your home  for winter this year? Share your tips with us in the comments below.

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