How to Weatherproof Your Home This Winter
If you are the kind of person who always expects the worst, you can never be disappointed. The fact is that you will need to be prepared for extreme weather more every year, as per the statistics. Whether your house is on a hill, close to the shores, or in the way of the main storms, you will need to be ready come rain or shine. In the winter season, it is more important to pay attention to the details. Find out more below.
In case you have noticed cold patches in your home and you have older windows, you will have two options. You might get them replaced with a more efficient one, but this will create a lot of mess and leave you with a huge bill to pay in the next few years. Alternatively, if you are on a shoestring budget, you can get secondary glazing units or draught excluder foil installed, so you can stay safe and warm inside during the extreme cold.
It might also be time to get your heating and air conditioning system looked at. If it breaks down in the middle of the winter, or – not to mention – during the holiday season, you will pay top price for repairs or replacement. You can contact a local ac service company right now, and get every element checked. You will not only get the peace of mind that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on breakdowns, but also reduce your bill for the upcoming seasons.
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If you live in the path of major storms, you will also have to pay attention to the outdoors. If you have old and sick trees, or unsafe bushes and shrubs that can damage your home, it might be time to get in touch with a tree surgeon. If you have trees that have large roots, it might be worth checking whether or not they are compromising the foundation and stability of your home. Talk to a structural engineer to get a full survey arranged.
If you want to avoid leaks and expensive roof repairs, you might want to get your home ready for the winter and the next hurricane season. Talk to a specialist who will complete a full inspection and replace loose tiles and improve the stability of your roof. You can also get additional insulation on your roof, if you have slates, adding felt to the existing structure, which will not only keep your roof safe from the elements, but also reduce the heat loss during the winter.
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Of course, you will need to pay attention to the downpipes and the gutters, too. During the fall, moss and leaves might have clogged the pipes and the gutters, and this will make it more likely that you will face leaks and condensation in your home.
There are several things that can go wrong in your house during the winter. Pay attention to these, and you can save money and hassle.
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