You’ve heard it a billion times: “Change is inevitable.” Thus, preparing for changing season is necessary for every household. Because every season requires varying needs, getting ready for another season is more than just swapping a few garments in the closet.
In today’s climate, no one can tell how temperatures will fluctuate. As stated in National Geographic, “Climate change encompasses not only rising average temperatures but also extreme weather events…” Now, more than ever, experiencing drastic weather changes is extremely plausible.
The significance of preparedness goes as much as saving lives. Here are a few ways to get ready for changing seasons:
Update emergency kits
A basic emergency kit should contain snacks, a first aid kit, a flashlight, blanket, extra clothes, hand sanitizer, water, umbrella, among other tools you may need. It’s best to keep one in the car and another in the house. This way, the family is geared for any extreme weather conditions such as winter storms or a hurricane.
You may also consider different tools for different weather. For example, during summer, an extra bottle of water would come in handy to avoid dehydration. In the winter season, an ice scraper or a snow brush could replace an extra bottle of water.
These will come in handy in the event of a power outage or recommended lockdown in the city when worst-case scenarios occur. The kit kept in the car can save you during travel mishaps, especially on long road trips.
Check the heater or air conditioner
A malfunctioning HVAC system could cause a massive discomfort in any season. You wouldn’t want to be suffering the summer heat or freezing in the winter.
Other than potential discomfort, having seasonal check-ups promotes efficiency for the system; therefore, the household can use less energy and save up on utility bills. It also helps the whole appliance last longer because of proper maintenance.
You can have a DIY check by checking filters and fins. You can also check the thermostat or switch it on and off. It’s also best to keep the unit away from trees or anything that can cause potential debris since these can cause clogging problems if they happen to enter the system.
Update your wardrobe
You don’t need to buy new clothes. Bringing back the ones you’ve always had will suffice. Jackets and boots for the cold weather and sundresses and shorts for the hot weather. While dressing nicely affects the mood, wearing appropriate clothing for the weather prevents potential health issues. Hypothermia may take place when you’re shivering, and your body temperature continues to lower, and heatstroke may occur when the body experiences severe dehydration and exposure to extreme heat conditions.
It’s best to be prepared.
When the seasons transition, take note of these tips to avoid dangers or panicking when the unexpected arises. One moment it may be cold, the next it’s freezing. It is crucial to remember that nature is not within our control.
Above all, don’t forget to hydrate. No matter the weather.