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Feb
22

Adirondack Tips For Winter Living

Although we’ve had a mild winter this year, there are a few things you should know about winter living for those days that drop to low temperatures. You should always be prepared! If you have lived in the Adirondacks for a few years, you know how cold it can get and how much know can accumulate. If you are new to the area and have just purchased a new property, you will be amazed! Winter in the Adirondacks is one of the most beautiful sights in the world. But if you are not prepared for it, you may not enjoy it as much. We have put together a short list of things you can do or have to stay cozy and safe during the winter:

Ways To Stay Cozy:
• Keeping your thermostat at a comfortable temperature throughout the winter is important to keep your family healthy and comfortable
• Reduce drafts and air leaks by placing a draft stopper at the bottom of your doors, add insulated curtains, or add temporary plastic seal for your windows
• Keep an area by the front or back entrance of your home for winter boots and coats to eliminate the amount of ice/snow tracked into the house
• Add heated flooring, heated lamps, or heated towel racks in the bathroom
• Replacing normal sheets with warm, flannel sheets will add warmth to the bedrooms
• Cozy quilts, blankets, duvets or heated electric blankets are great to have all throughout the house for easy access
• There are specific indoor houseplants that you can buy that will help eliminate some air pollutants
• Make a comfortable living area in front of the fireplace for hot cocoa and family time

Ways to Stay Safe:
• When driving around, always keep an emergency kit (water, thermal blankets, flashlight, flare gun, etc.) and a window scraper
• At home, either have a backup generator or stacks of logs for a fireplace
• Always keep a shovel and salt by the front door for easy snow removal on sidewalk/driveway/steps
• Be mindful of the amount of snow that builds up on the roof (estimates say 12 inches is too much weight on the roof—but this could be different depending on how old your roof is)

Ways to Dress in the Cold:
• Hint: wool and fleece are the warmest fabrics for winter
• Dress in layers when leaving the house
• Wear turtlenecks to protect yourself from the wind
• Bundle up with scarves, hats, gloves, etc.
Invest in:
– A good, warm winter coat that has room for layers underneath
– Durable, winter boots with non-slip or rubber soles
– Thick, wool socks

These are just some basics we thought you should know! The longer you live here, the more you will learn. Remember to be smart and stay safe during the winter months. Enjoy the beautiful sights and activities winter in the Adirondacks has to offer!

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