Winter-proofing your Kitchen and Bathroom

There is a definite chill in the air and that means it is time to do some winter-proofing! And while you may have already started thinking about checking for leaks around windows and doors, there are two little rooms in the house that are often overlooked when preparing for the cold months ahead: the kitchen and the bathrooms.

There is a definite chill in the air and that means it is time to do some winter-proofing! And while you may have already started thinking about checking for leaks around windows and doors, there are two little rooms in the house that are often overlooked when preparing for the cold months ahead: the kitchen and the bathrooms.

Kitchens and bathrooms are my nature cooler than other rooms in the home and can feel downright uncomfortable to spend time in on especially cold days. A chilly kitchen or bathroom can also create issues for your plumbing, appliances, or furniture, which could lead to costly repairs.

Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to ensure your kitchen and bathrooms are prepared for the season ahead.

Winter Proof Kitchen and Bathroom
  • Check your heating system: Having your heating system inspected annually is a great idea, and fall is the perfect time to make it happen! This will not only keep your kitchen and bathrooms warm, but your whole house too.
  • Add some rugs : Most kitchens have bare floors like tile or linoleum and may bathrooms are uncarpeted as well. To help insulate the room,try laying down area rugs in your kitchen and bathrooms. They will help you feel warmer and prevent you from cranking the heat and wasting energy.
  • Reverse your ceiling fans : It may sound like the opposite of warmth, but did you know that reversing your ceiling fans in the winter can help reduce heating costs? Running the fan on low in a clockwise direction will move the air circulating near the ceiling down into the rest of the room.
  • Insulate pipes: Trust us when we tell you that a frozen pipe in the winter is the LAST thing you want to deal with. Keep your heat up and make sure your walls are well insulated so your pipes aren’t in a cold environment. You can also install additional insulation around the pipes for added protection. On especially cold nights, you can keep your pipes at a slow drip to prevent freezing.
  • Check doors and windows: As with all the rooms in your house, the kitchen and bathroom windows and doors need to be well sealed to avoid drafts. Repair any cracks and switch out any screens with storm windows. If your windows are drafty, you can install energy efficient windows, which will help keep your heat from escaping through the glass.
  • Check the water heater: If your water heater cannot handle the demands put on it from cold weather, you could be without hot water needed to cook, clean, or bathe. Check all pipes and valves for leaks and inspect the tank for any rust or corrosion. If your water doesn’t feel warm enough for your winter needs, you can adjust the temperature by a few degrees.
  • Winterize your hose : Remove your hose(s) from the outdoor hose connections so they don't freeze and break causing leaks and damage inside the home.