Friday, October 9, 2015

How to Prepare Your Home For Winter and Colder Temperatures

How to Prepare Your Home For Winter and Colder TemperaturesIs your home ready for winter? Don’t let the cold weather sneak up on you. Make sure your home is prepared for lower temperatures and wetter conditions with these very helpful tips from Unique Home Building!
It’s fall and your home needs to be prepared for the winter weather changes. Here’s how:
Windows and Doors: If you have old, single-pane windows, you will lose a significant amount of heat in the wintertime. Replacing old windows with energy-efficient, double-paned upgrades can pay for itself quickly in heat savings. Check all exterior doors to ensure that they are insulated and that there are no gaps or cracks between the doors and the frames that could let heat out. If you have weather stripping around doors, make sure it is intact and in good shape.
Outdoor Patios: Decks get a lot of use during long summer days. By the time fall comes around, they can look worn out and old. Once the deck is cleaned off and all summer chairs and tables are stored away, power-wash the deck. This will remove any dirt that is stuck in the wood grain and will take away the gray color that decks fade to over time. Fall is also a good time to reseal the deck if you use a sealant or stain.
Rooftop Care: Be sure to clean out the roof gutters once all the autumn leaves have fallen. This will save you from building up ice dams that can damage the roof in the winter. Blow out the gutters with a leaf blower or spray them down with a hose. Check for holes or any other damage to the gutters and repair them before heavy snow or rain makes them worse. It’s also a good time to take a look at the roof itself and fix any shingles that are curling or any flashing around chimneys that has come loose.
Add Light: This idea is more preventative for your health and mood. Additionally, it could be a lifesaver in prolonging the warmth and glow of the summer months. Imagine a room addition, surrounded by windows that take in the heat of the autumn sun with the added bonus of a gentle ceiling fan and scattered indoor plants.  You'll have created your own oasis that is sure to bring you comfort and brighten the darker days to come!
Plumbing and Pipes: Plumbing lines that aren't insulated and are in unheated spaces have to work extra hard to heat water.  Check all of your plumbing lines to identify those that are outside or underneath the house, or are in an unheated basement or attic.  Foam wrap and insulate all exposed pipes as best you can.

At Unique Home Building, our contractors are dedicated to creating a home that feels like it's your very own. As fall will be here before you know it, let us help you get the planning started, so that as the seasons pass, you know you are prepared to take the best of each along with you!








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