As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, most of us are spending more and more time at home to stay safe from a virus that has caused almost 200,000 deaths in the USA alone.
As winter approaches, it is important that you start preparing your home for winter. If you don’t know where to start, this blog will highlight some of the common household problems caused by winter, and what you can do to prevent them.
Common home problems in winter
As the weather gets colder, here are some of the most common problems your home might face during the winter months:
Frozen pipes: as the weather cools, your pipes (especially the exterior ones around your home) are more likely to freeze over. As they freeze, the pipe will start to expand and may even burst.
Mold: because of the damp and wet climate of winter, mold is more likely to start forming around your house if it is not properly water-tight.
Leaky roof: if your roof is not fully water-tight (even if there are just small holes/cracks in it) then it might start leaking. Water will find its way through anything, and a leaky roof can cause serious damage to your house if not taken care of properly.
Benefits of preparing your home for winter
Making sure your home is fully prepared for winter will take a bit of time and may cost you a bit of money. However, it is essential that you thoroughly prepare your home. Here are some of the benefits of preparing your home for winter:
By preparing, you can make sure your house is warm throughout winter: by making sure that your boiler and all other forms of heating are functioning properly, you can make sure that you and your family will be warm throughout the whole of winter.
It may save you thousands of dollars. If you don’t prepare your home properly for winter, you may have to pay a lot of money to repair any pipes that break or to fix any damage that a leaky roof might cause. Ensuring that your home is properly water-tight before winter may take a bit of time, but it is necessary if you don’t want to be spending a lot of money on home repairs.
Weatherization home hacks
Now you know why it is so important to prepare your home for the upcoming winter months, here are some tips and tricks to get your home properly ready to prepare any horrible weather:
Check your heating system: if you haven’t used your heating system all summer, now is the time to check it. Take the time to check every radiator is working and that all of the filters are new. That way, you won’t wake up one freezing winter morning and discover that your heating isn’t working. Moreover, by ensuring that your heating system is working as efficiently as possible, you are more likely to save money on your heating bill.
Change your electricity provider: it is no secret- you will be spending a lot more on heating your house during the winter months, and this can be expensive. Before it gets cold, make sure you check comparison websites to make sure you are paying the cheapest electric rates CT.
Check your pipes: make sure that your pipes are fully-functioning and water isn’t getting stuck around your house is a must, as this will ensure that your pipes don’t burst if the temperature lowers.
Make sure your roof is leak-proof: if you can, hire a professional to check that your roof has no cracks or holes in it.
Bad winter weather can wreak havoc on your home if it is not properly prepared. Now we are all spending more time indoors, it is more important than ever that your properly prepare your home for the cold weather.