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4 Important Tips to Help You Prepare Your Home for Winter

4 Important Tips to Help You Prepare Your Home for Winter

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Most people are in the habit of putting off their winter preparation until it is too late. This is not surprising seeing as we all prefer to relax in the summer and enjoy the unique beauty of the fall season. 

However, now is the best time to start preparing for winter. This way you can save some money as all associated maintenance and repair costs of your heating system and insulation are usually lower. So, don’t delay. Start thinking of winterizing your homes now. Here is how to do that. 

Inspect your Heating and Cooling System

During the winter nothing is more important than your heating system. This is what will keep you warm. Without it, you will probably freeze to death very quickly. Now that we’re no longer sure of the climate’s temperament –the Texas snowstorm early this year is a good example–, it’s always better to be prepared. 

So have a professional comec. This is particularly important if you feel like the heating has been inadequate in previous years. Sometimes this inadequacy is caused by a smaller heating furnace. 

One of the questions you want to ask the heating technician is “what size of furnace do I need for my house to be adequately and comfortably warm during the winter”? After a thorough assessment, the heating technician will be able to tell you if your system is inadequate or okay for the house and your heating needs.

Check Your Insulation

Sometimes the problem isn’t your heating system. If your home feels like it’s inadequately warm during the winter, it’s possible that you may have poor insulation. If there are any air leaks through your windows or your doors, it will cause your heating system to work extra hard to try and keep the house warm. 

This is why you need to properly weatherproof your home and ensure that there are no drafts in your home. You probably don’t know this, but drafts can lead to a 20% increase in energy costs every year. So to insulate the house look for cracks particularly around windows, spaces around your doors, and gaps in your floorboards. Then fill them with caulk to seal up the openings and cracks. 

Check the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Devices

Carbon monoxide is known as a silent killer. And since you will be indoors a lot during the winter, you need to make sure that your heating furnace or fireplace is not producing carbon monoxide. 

Because carbon monoxide is odorless, the best thing you can do is to install carbon monoxide detectors –if you haven’t already. And if you have, check their state to make sure they’re in good condition. The same applies to your smoke detector. Make sure that they are both in tip-top condition so that you and your loved ones don’t end up inhaling toxic fumes.

Check Your Roof for Leakages

You need to make sure that there are no loose shingles or leaks coming from your roof. An early roof inspection can save you a lot of heartaches and physical discomfort during the winter. The easiest way to do this is to go on top of the roof and check for these. 

Look for blistering, curling, or buckling shingles. If there are missing or broken shingles, you will need to replace them. And if you’re scared of heights your best bet is to have a handyman come to the house and check out your roof for you.

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Will Your New Home Stand The Test Of Seasons?

Will Your New Home Stand The Test Of Seasons?

When you’re looking for a new home, there’s a lot to consider. From size to location and all things between, the list grows the more you think about it. And, there’s one thing you may not have considered, too. Have you thought about the way your new house will suit you during each season? A house that looks fantastic during summer could be cold and unappealing when winter comes. So, when you’re looking, it’s important to consider how each house would suit you through each season. Here’s a year-round list of what you need from your new home.

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WINTER

The most important thing your new home needs to suit you during winter is warmth. During your viewing, consider the heating in each house. It may not seem important, but make sure you take the time to look at the heating system. Is it a modern system that will save you money, or is it old and expensive? Look, too, at windows. Are they double glazed? It’s also worth investigating insulation. All these things are going to help keep you warm in winter!

SPRING

When considering whether your home would look good in spring, take note of the outside space. Spring can be a beautiful time, but that won’t help you if you have no access to the outside! If there is a garden, pay attention to the flower beds and layout to judge whether you’ll get the most of the spring. If you’re unfamiliar with gardening, take a look at sites like http://www.bhg.com to get an idea of the best flowers. Take time, too, to look at parks local to you. Is there plenty of local areas for walks? One thing’s sure; you won’t want to be stuck in the house when the weather starts to change. You’ll want to be out there, making the most of the beautiful season!

SUMMER

Though it’s easier for a home to look good in summer, there are still things to consider. A dark house can be depressing when the sun is shining outside. Make sure your house has large windows, and that they let light into the house on the right side. Make sure, too, that you’ll be able to stay cool during hot weather. Does your new home have an aircon? If not, don’t fear. All it takes is a call to a company like the one found at http://www.advantageairllc.com/residential/replace/ac-replacement/. They’ll install an aircon for you in no time.

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AUTUMN

Much like spring, autumn is a season you won’t want to miss out on. Take note of whether there are trees around each house. Will you be able to make the most of those beautiful autumn colors? Take note, too, of the curtains in your home. As the weather turns, you’ll want to know you can keep warm. Blinds and thick curtains are crucial. They’ll also ensure you can make the most of those dark evenings. You’ll be able to close the curtains and settle into the comfort of your new house!

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