For homeowners living in seasonal regions, winter can be a daunting season to embrace. Not only do temperatures begin to drop, but in many cities, the arrival of snow makes for a less than ideal commute and can cause problems around the home.
The good news is that there are practical solutions to winter-related problems in and around the home. By taking the time to properly winterize your home, you’re not only increasing the longevity of your house, but you’re also protecting everyone that lives inside.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most effective tools and steps homeowners can take to protect their home and their families from the harsh winter elements.
We don’t often look at the windows in our home as closely as we should. With older homes, old windows should be replaced when they show signs of cracked frames, gaps between the frame and the glass, and when you notice drafts entering the home.
Upgrading the windows in your house allows you to ensure they’re securely sealed in the foundation and won’t let any drafts compromise the temperature and quality of the home. If you live in a climate with particularly harsh winters, you may consider triple-glazed windows for their advanced energy efficiency and temperature control.
When you look for installation, ensure you’ve looked at reviews and compared prices to ensure you’re getting the best service for your money.
Protecting Water Lines
No matter how old your home may be, it’s important to pay attention to any exposed water lines in your home, which may be primarily in your attic, basement, or crawl space.
When pipes are exposed, cold temperatures can compromise their functionality. Wrap any exposed lines in insulation and secure them with heat tape. This will help protect your water lines and the structure of your home until extreme temperatures subside.
Secure Foundation Cracks
If you notice any cracks in the exterior of the home, filling them with caulking glue can help eliminate any condensation or wildlife from finding their way into your home. This is especially important around windows, faucets, hoses, and where your siding connects to the foundation of the house. Ensure you select a high-quality caulk to fill in your gaps. Otherwise, you may be wasting money on a product that won’t last through the winter.
Changing Your Furnace’s Filters
Leaving your filters clogged and dirty will only reduce the overall efficiency of your furnace. It’s important to change its filter every two months during the winter and should be inspected yearly by a licensed HVAC contractor.
Insulation is Key
Proper insulation keeps the temperatures in your home regulated, which protects your family and helps manage your utility costs. From your attic to your hot water pipes, insulation helps ensure there is no heat loss, which can often lead to your furnace working overtime to heat the home. Secure any exposed pipes, wires, and ensure your stairway and attic hatch are insulated for maximum protection and comfort.