It looks like Michigan will have a winter that is a bit milder than normal, according to both the National Weather Service and the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Residents can expect more rainfall than usual, due to warmer temperatures, but down around the lower lakes area the snowfall will be around the usual amount, so don’t throw away those overshoes and heavy coats just yet. The reason for these elevated temperatures is the presence of an El Nino event, which brings warmer than usual air to the Midwest and keeps the entire area warmer.
Despite the lack of Michigan’s coldest temperatures, winter is still coming and that’s going to mean plenty of snow, even if not as much as some winters, and it’s also going to mean lots of rain. If you want to make it through the winter without problems, prepare your home in advance for the storms that are sure to come.
Here are a few tips you can follow to avoid problems this winter:
- First, make sure your gutters are cleaned out. Old leaves and other debris can clog things up and end up making puddles and creating leaks as water pools up instead of draining away.
- Next, seal up all your doors and windows to keep the warm air in and the cold air out. Caulking around windows and door jams will help with this.
- It’s also important to make sure your furnace is clean in good shape. Replace the filter, clean out the dust, and power it on and off a few times to make sure it runs okay. If necessary, call in someone to service it before cold weather hits. You might even need a furnace repair, so having a technician come to look at it could help save you down the road.
- Check those ducts, too, because leaky ducts spill that warm air from the furnace into your basement or attic, so you end up paying to heat areas where nobody lives.
- As a final step, make sure that you have energy-efficient lighting in and around the house. You’ll be using the lights more than you do at other times of the year, so you want everything to work, and by using LED and another energy-efficient lighting you can prevent stumbling in the dark while still saving money.
Preparing ahead of time is far better than waiting until you’re sitting in the cold and dark, so get prepared now and be ready when winter hits.