Between 2006 and 2010, approximately 6,600 Americans died from hypothermia or exposure to excessive natural colds, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means that as winter approaches, it is important to take some precautions to protect your home from winter-related damage, which will help you avoid hypothermia, as well as save energy and keep your energy costs low.
Here is a look at six tips you can use when creating your winter home checklist.
- Seal all doors and cracks
Doors and windows have doors that can make it difficult to keep your house warm. Install weather stripping and use caulk to seal the doors. This will help you save money on heating costs. If you live in an older home that lacks insulation and has single glazing and glass, upgrading to double glazing can increase your home's energy efficiency.
- Insulate your water pipes
If the water in your pipes freezes, it will expand, causing the pipes to crack and crack. To prevent this, drain all water from the sprinkler system and outdoor faucets and disconnect the outdoor hoses. In addition, insulate pipes that pass through unheated interiors such as basements, garages, attics and outdoor faucets.
- Check your roof for snow load
Too much snow on your roof can cause roof damage. To avoid this problem, remove snow from the roof often. If you notice that your roof is sinking or producing crackling noises during the winter, call a professional roofer to inspect it and make necessary repairs.
- Keep the wind cool and well ventilated
If the wind is hot it can cause snow on your roof to melt, drain against the gutters and freeze. To ensure that it stays cool, insulate the attic floor and seal any holes and cracks in your ceiling and around the fixtures so that the heat from the house does not seep out. In addition, always keep the attic properly ventilated.
- Cut tree branches that hang over your house
Wind, snow and ice can cause trees and branches to break and fall. To prevent potential personal injury and property damage, cut down branches or trees that hang or lie near your home.
- Inspecting your heating system
Make sure your heating system is in good shape. If the filters are dirty or clogged, the system will not work effectively. According to a study, you can save energy during the winter by setting the thermostat to 68 ° F while you are awake and lowering when you are asleep or away from home. A professional helps to change the oven filter and make sure that the thermostat works well.
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