Weather Proof Your Home!
Winter is coming! Unless you have a large bubblewrap contraption to go over your whole house, the harsh winds/cold/snow is going to take a toll of your home overtime if you don’t take steps to weather proof your home.
Here are 9 simple tips to keeping the winter from damaging your home over time or spending more money than you need to this winter.
1. Get That Handy Dandy Caulking Out.
Make sure every area of your home is sealed. This may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Examine all of your windows and look for any holes that may be present. Same goes for door – especially the exterior doors. A small hole can let a draft in that you don’t want to be feeling when its 32 degrees outside.
2. Insulate the Pipes.
There are inexpensive ways to ensure your pipes won’t burst. If you have an outdoor shower, make sure it is winterized. If there are pipes going to the exterior of your home, make sure they are insulated properly with the right items. A frozen/busted pipe can add a very hefty bill to your home improvements if you do not weather proof it properly.
3. Keep the Landscape Trimmed.
Wait, it’s winter and there are no more leaves on my trees – why do I need to take care of the landscape now? Branches can accumulate snow and ice. Especially ice. The last thing you want is for those branches to be over your home when the ice starts to melt and the snow starts to fall in chunks. Keeping the trees away from the roof and siding of your home can prevent big and small issues. Small issues each year over the course of 5 years can make a big difference in preventing home repairs.
4. Keep the Gutters from Debris.
The winter is here and the rain has sort of slowed down to a halt. Even though the rain is absent, doesn’t mean the precipitation is. Snow and ice come and go in the winter. When it starts to melt, it can take hours or days to completely clear from your home and roof. If your gutters are not properly cleaned, this water can sit in your gutters and not drain correctly. This will cause damage to your roof and siding if you do not weather proof. This simple tip can save many home repairs in the future.
5. Change the filters for the furnace.
Changing filters for the furnace is very important. It is an easy and inexpensive way to winter proof your home. A dirty filter can cause your furnace to work harder and overtime that can cut the life of your furnace by a few years. Clean filters will allow you to have a more efficient furnace for when you need it the most. Having an efficient furnace will save you money now and in the future.
6. Get the Fireplace Looked at.
It’s the coziest time of year. Sitting by the glowing fire at the end of the day is so relaxing. Fireplaces can accumulate soot and dead animals that may catch on fire if not properly cleaned out at the beginning of the season. A great way to prevent future damage to your home is to have a simple clean out of your fireplace done by a professional.
7. Check the Roof
Any missing shingles or small holes can lead to wood rot or water damage in your attic. Water and wood don’t mix very well. Get out there and check for any small issues at the beginning of the season so you aren’t stuck dealing with the water damage in the midst of the freezing cold. Doing this simple and quick weather proof inspection of your roof every year can add years to your siding and structure.
8. Have Adequate Insulation
The difference between a well insulated home and a poorly insulated home can be the difference of hundreds of dollars on your utility bills in the winter. This can add up to thousands of dollars over the span of just a few years. The best way to find out if your home is well insulate is to hire an HVAC professional to give you the correct information. Hundreds of dollars can be put towards the ever growing christmas fund instead of being drained by your furnace each year by not having it weather proof.
9. Check Any Holes in the Foundation.
The most present holes in the foundation might be around the pipes that lead to your electrical and plumbing. Small holes in the caulking can leak cold air in where you don’t want it to be. This will cause your home to work harder for heating which results in more money spent over the course of the winter season. Inspect these areas for small cracks or holes and get a caulking gun out to repair it.
Winter is full of joy, happiness, great memories, and cozy times. You don’t have to spend money on your home trying to heat it or repair damage caused by the harsh winter weather by not having it weather proof. Taking these 9 simple steps can prevent your wallet from pouring out extra money when its not needed. Take your savings and put it towards what you need to this winter instead of a service you already have.