Don’t Let The Elements Take Control Of Your Home

Don’t Let The Elements Take Control Of Your Home

We’re in the midst of winter and some places are getting hit hard, so we’re all thinking a bit more about how the element can affect our home. But it’s not just the winter we should be getting prepared for. Every season brings with it its challenges, so we’re going to look at how to protect your home the whole year round, not just for one season.

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Get yourself sealed up

Weatherization begins with how well you can stop the outdoors getting inside your home. The less sealed up your home is, the harder it is to control temperature as well as stop the advance of moisture and pests alike. Sealing your home is going to take steps all over it. You need to go about detecting air leaks, whether they’re in windows, under doors, and around water faucets. When you have them detected, it’s as simple as caulking them up. Draft excluders are less permanent solutions for the doors, but they can work just as well.

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Take care of the exterior

You should also be concerned with how safe the home is outside the house itself. Particularly in any driveways and walkways. Snow can be a major hassle in the winter, so you should consider tools like Snow Shifts that can make it a lot quicker to maintain your driveway. For surfaces that ice over, you should be able to source grit and rock salt easily to reduce the chances of painful and dangerous slips outside the home. If you have any trees, consider using a contracted arborist. Otherwise, bad weather and storms can increase the risk of branches falling and doing damage. Or your tree might grow into power lines, which is bad for the whole neighborhood.

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The dangers of water

Water damage in the home can cost you thousands upon thousands of dollars. Sealing up the home can help you battle the risk of damp and mold. You need to take special care of the roof. Some of the most sudden danger comes from freezing and burst pipes, however. Consider getting your pipes insulated so they’re at much less risk of flooding the home.

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Take care of your HVAC

How well you can manage the temperature and airflow in the home depends as much on your fixtures as blocking the outside weather. A lot of people find their energy bills climbing because they’re using old heating systems and air conditioning. Make sure that regular maintenance is done on them, including clearing the dust that can gather. Same for any ventilation between rooms. If you’re not careful with dust build-ups, it can exacerbate or even cause respiratory conditions like asthma. For HVAC systems that lead outdoors, make sure they’re kept clear of pollen, leaves, and debris. It’s especially important to check them after storms or windy weather.

Protecting your home from the elements isn’t just about keeping the cold out. It’s about navigating the challenges of temperature, whatever the weather, as well addressing serious safety concerns inside and outside your front door. The tips above should make it easier to manage all those risks.

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