Weatherproof Your Home Before the Temperature Begins To Drop
Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 03:30:00 PM
It is essential to keep your home warm in the winter to protect its materials along with preventing any health complications with your family. The best time to begin winter weatherproofing is in the autumn before it begins to snow. Start with exterior repairs first before the temperature drops outside, and continue with interior weatherproofing throughout the autumn. Before you begin any repairs of your home, walk around your property to find any problems, and prepare a written list of the items that you must buy at local hardware stores.
Install Storm Windows and Caulk Crevices
To keep out the cold drafts, remove window screens and install storm windows throughout your home. This is a difficult chore that requires a ladder and several people to reach and lift the heavy screens into position. This is also a great time to add more liquid caulking around the windows to eliminate drafts. Make sure to buy enough caulking to use inside your home to fill more holes and crevices. For addition protection from drafts, you may want to install plastic window film over the outside of the windowpanes.
Fix Your Home’s Rooftop To Prevent Cold Drafts and Moisture Leaks
If your home has missing shingles, then you must replace these items, and at the same time, you can nail down the loose shingles. While you have a ladder near a rooftop, check your home’s rain gutters and downspouts to make sure that the devices aren’t full of leaves. By removing the debris from the downspouts and rain gutters, you can avoid having any rain or snowmelt dripping down the sides of the building onto the foundation. When moisture can flow through the rain gutters and downspouts correctly, you are less likely to have water damage in your home’s attic.
Add Insulation To the Inside Of Your Home’s Attic or Basement
When your home doesn’t have enough insulation, you can buy rolls of this item at a home improvement store. It is easy to install insulation in a home’s attic to keep the building warmer. You can also use insulation rolls on the ceilings of basements to keep a home’s floors warmer. If the walls of your home require more insulation, then use loose insulation materials that you can blow into the spaces with a special machine.
Maintain Your Home’s Water Heater
In the winter, you may need more hot water for bathing, but the water can become cold quickly as it travels through the water pipes. You can empty your home’s water heater to remove a buildup of sediments, but you should also place a specialized insulation blanket over the appliance. In addition, you can wrap insulating tape around the water pipes to keep the water warmer longer. Not only will you have more hot water after completing this chore, but also, you will save money on your electric or natural gas bill each month.
Use Specialized Insulating Devices Inside Your Home
When you are shopping at hardware stores, you can find specialized insulating devices such as switch plate covers or door draft dodgers. These items are often inexpensive but will provide wonderful benefits by preventing cold drafts throughout your home. In addition, you can also use magnetic covers on your home’s vents to avoid heating unneeded areas of your home such as guest bedrooms or storage areas. After completing all of these chores, make sure to change the filter in your home’s furnace along with cleaning the fireplaces and chimneys.
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