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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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How to Weatherproof Your Home This Winter

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.

Secondary Glazing

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.

Heating Maintenance

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.

Tree Surgery

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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.

Roof Inspection

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.

Clean Your Gutters

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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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