The days are getting colder as we approach the end of the year! As lovely as winter time is, we need to make sure our home is protected from the cold like we do! Here’s some tips to keep your home winter-proof.
1. Replace Your Roof
If your roof is 20 years or more, you might want to replace it while the weather isn’t as cold yet. Even if you only have minimal damage, a heavy snowstorm might cause your roof to collapse. Some signs of an old roof include dark spots on the ceiling, peeling paint, cracks, and asphalt in the gutters. Moss is also an indication that your roof might be decaying.
2. Install Heated Floors
Heated floors keep your feet warm and saves up on heating costs. Also, similar to a central heating system, dust and allergens will not accumulate if you have heated floors.
3. Fix/Replace Your Heater
Make sure to get your heating system checked in advance, otherwise, dirt on the coins, fans, and filters will disrupt airflow and possibly damage the system. Check heating ducts for leaks and check water tanks for insulation. Also, check your home for furniture or objects that get in the way of vents or radiators, which can reduce or block the flow of heat.
4. Install Energy-Efficient Windows
Make sure that your windows are sealed up tight so as not to let any cold enter or heat escape from the house. That’s up to a possible 25 percent of your electricity bill added! You might consider making the switch from single-pane to double-pane windows. Double-pane windows provide more insulation and helps keep warm air inside the house.
5. Insulate Pipes
Pipes are susceptible to bursting in cold temperatures, so make sure to insulate them, particularly if the temperature is 20F or below. Try wrapping your pipes in rubber foam or fiberglass sleeves. Seal up holes where air can flow in. A plumber can also help you if you have difficulty insulating your pipes.
6. Fireproof Your Home
Electrical house fires are highest during the winter time because people naturally use more lighting and heating. Most electrical fires are the result of old wiring problems with cords or overloaded circuits. Make sure to replace any worn or old cords and never place appliances on wet surfaces, so be particularly careful with kitchen and bathroom appliances. Don’t overload extension cords and wall outlets and keep flammable material such as clothing and curtains at few good feet away from heaters.
Read here for a more detailed explanation on how to winter-proof your home.
Have a great weekend, everyone!