How To Winterize Your House
When it comes to winterizing your home, the area of foremost importance
is heating. Since you and your family’s well-being and safety
depend heavily on heating, it is imperative that you take the proper
precautions to ensure that your home will have adequate heating
during the cruel winter months. Many people find that they spend
more money on heating then they have to, due to insufficient winterizing.
Gaps, cracks, and improper working equipment will cost more in the
long run then taking the time to prepare and ensure that your heating
equipment is up to par. In fact, not only will you pay out of your
pocket for inadequate winterizing methods, but you may also find
that your heating equipment fails during the winter months, leaving
you in an uncomfortable, and possibly dangerous situation. It is
well worth the time and effort spent to ensure that your home is
properly prepared for winter before the season begins.
First, you should have your heating system thoroughly checked.
If you use a fireplace, you should also ensure that the chimney, damper, and fireplace are all in working order, free from debris,
rust, or any damage. You should hire a professional to service your chimney and ensure that everything is in good standing order. Hiring
a professional before the season begins will ensure that you don’t have to wait very long to have the work performed.
Another important area to consider is your roof. You should have your roof checked to ensure that there are no leaks or loose shingles.
If you don’t feel comfortable checking out your roof yourself, by all means hire a professional. But just make sure that you don’t
put this off. Losing valuable heat through your roof can be costly
and a leaky roof can be very troublesome during the winter months.
Windows and doors should be properly sealed with weather stripping
to ensure that you don’t lose valuable heat. It is recommended
to use high quality weather stripping as it will provide better protection. A good tip is to remove screens from windows and doors
and store them in a safe place until winter is over. The screens can prohibit sunlight from entering your home, and you may find
that your energy costs diminish by removing the screens and allowing more sunlight throughout the day. You should also check your home’s
foundation for any cracks or gaps and have those sealed and repaired.
It is also important to check all of the pipes in your home, especially
ones that are located in areas not frequently used, such as in basements,
attics, even crawl spaces. These pipes are more vulnerable to developing
leaks or bursting during winter, so it is best to take precautionary
steps and have them examined, then insulated. Additionally, you
should check your home’s overall use of insulation and if
you discover that it is lacking, you should take steps to repair
it. Inadequate insulation is one of the most frequent ways that
a home loses its heat. By taking the steps to ensure you have enough
insulation you can save lost dollars that would otherwise be spent
on your energy bill.