Protecting the house from cold air and water this winter should be taken care of as early as autumn. As part of your own winter house preparation, unwanted openings on the roof, doors, windows and other parts of the house should be inspected and covered with the proper sealant or repaired by professionals. This is a message that a homeowner should heed so their houses should be winter-ready.
In this post, we would provide some basic tips to prepare home this winter. This is not a comprehensive list but it’s a good start for someone who wants to go over a quick rundown of things to do for a winter ready house.
Arctic Cold Air of Winter
An undeniable sign of winter, the cold air is one you can surely felt when you go outside. It can turn into a wind and can be calm or strong depending on the pressure in the air. It’s not just when you are outdoors that you can feel the wintry air but also inside your house.
Preparing the house for winter is to make sure this cold air won’t disrupt the warmth in any room of the house. When leaving the house or just opening the doors and windows, make sure you don’t forget to close and lock it.
One should closely inspect the doors and windows too, particularly for drafts that slip into the joints or any opening around it. This may need to be caulk or seal as early as summer or early fall when the surface is dry and the adhesive would adhere firmly. One may have to check both the internal and external door and window frames and seal them accordingly.
Having a curtain or a blinds would block the drafts and also trapped the heat in the room, so it’s a very good idea to have one during winter. For the doors, having a rug under the opening is a nice cover for the unexpected cold air too.
Cozy and Warm Please
As winter approaches, heating the room becomes more and more needed. It is important that your house heating be checked and serviced before it is too late. Aside from the stress that comes with an inefficient heating system, you are also looking at a mounting cost if you service it during the peak of winter.
If you are due for a boiler check, then summer and autumn is the best time to make that phone call. No one wants your boiler or whatever heating system you are using to break down on winter, so have a professional check it regularly. Some maintenance could be done DIY like an oil refill on your tank or bleeding the radiator, but if you are not confident on what you are doing, it’s always smart to entrust it to the professionals.
Another useful fixture that needs to be readied for winter is the chimney. This means it has to be cleaned or swept so that the vent and pathway will be cleared; otherwise you are faced with two potential problems: chimney fire and carbon monoxide.
If you haven’t insulated your attic yet, it would be a very good investment to do so. Not only it would fend off heat from escaping on the cold attic, it would also lower your electricity bill. Properly insulated attic also prevents mold and other pollutants to grow on the moist environment, thus better air quality inside your home. Without anything to suppress moisture (and also heat), the house is also in danger of having gradual damage to its wall and surrounding structure.
Wet winter is something that has to be dealt with with the cold season. Rain, snow and hale can fall anytime and sometimes get in your house without a warning. It is critical that you keep the house interior as dry as possible. Following on the measures mentioned on the paragraphs above, sealing the doors and windows would keep the moist and water away.
Perhaps the first thing that a homeowner should check for water leaks is always the roof. Walk around the attic and look for drips or unneccessary opening and then if possible inspect the roof for the cause, otherwise have a professional roofer fix it. Again, the earlier this problem is taken care of, the better for your peace of mind.
A chore that also needs to be done is to clear the gutter so water can drain properly. If leaves and other rubbish are not removed and the water passage is blocked, there’s a chance that it would damage the gutter and the water would leak into your house.
Water leaks may come in the form of busted pipes too so take time to check all the pipes under the sink and other areas where the pipes run. For areas that experience regular heavy winters, insulating the water pipes is a winter house preparation and also an investment that will help prevent pipes from freezing.