As the holiday season is in full swing, so is winter. While the holidays bring times of joy and peace, the weather that follows can bring danger and stress if you are not prepared. Readying your home for the upcoming winter weather can save you time, money, and stress in the long run, as well as protecting you, your loved ones, and your home.
-Inspect The Seals:
Check your windows and doors for any gaps or cracks while also feeling for drafts around your seals. During the day, see if any light is visible through the edges of your doors and windows. This indicates the need for sealing. It may be beneficial to add weatherstripping or use a draft stopper to prevent heat loss. Using high-quality caulk on any cracks in your walls will also help retain heat in your home. To provide additional protection from the winter chill install window treatments such as heavy curtains or thermal blinds.
-Insulate Your Home:
When was the last time your insulation was updated? The frequency with which you should change or replace it depends on several factors. Generally, insulation is a durable material that can last many years but sometimes it needs to be replaced. Over time, it may settle or degrade. Fiberglass and cellulose insulation will lose effectiveness as time goes on. Moisture damage and pest infestation can also reduce the efficiency of your insulation. If you want to make a significant energy and heat-saving stride, adding more insulation or upgrading to a higher R-value can accomplish this. R-value is a measure of the thermal resistance of a material. If you have concerns about the state or effectiveness of your insulation, it is a good idea to consult with a professional insulation contractor or energy auditor. They can assess your current situation, provide recommendations, and help you determine if replacement is necessary.
-Assess Your Heating Sources:
Whether it is a chimney and fireplace or a heating system, inspecting them before the winter chill sets in can save you money on your heating bill and save you from a disaster. Replace the air filters in your HVAC system about every 3 months but sooner if you are located in a dusty or dry climate, you have pets, or old equipment. Scheduling a professional inspection may also be a good option. When checking your chimney and fireplace, you should ensure your damper is properly working, while also looking for rust and damage. You should also remove any ash or debris from your firebox and check for creosote buildup. Creosote is a byproduct of burning wood that can accumulate in the chimney and pose a serious fire hazard. Losing your source of heat during a winter storm is extremely dangerous so inspecting early is vital.
-Review The Roof:
Your roof provides overhead protection from the elements so it only makes sense that the health of your roof is important. Safely inspect your roof for any missing shingles, cracks, or damage. Curling or buckling of any kind should be immediately evaluated and can indicate serious weathering. Moss or algae growth can signal excess moisture. To prevent regrowth, add zinc and copper to your roof. You should also check the seals and ventilation around your chimney, attic vents, and skylights of any kind. Cleaning your gutters and downspouts will prevent water backup and ice dams. While you are inspecting for damage, also be aware of any animal nests or close overhanging branches that can cause future issues. If you are not comfortable or able to safely inspect your roof, many professionals can examine your roof and address any issues that may arise.
Winter may be a wonderful time of year to celebrate the holidays, family, and generosity, but it can quickly lead to disaster if you aren’t prepared. Original Granite Bracket cares for the safety of your family and your home. The harsh elements won’t stand a chance against our rust-proof Knee Wall Bracket you used to build your outdoor bar last summer. You can trust that the bench you attached to the concrete wall won’t buckle or break because our Heavy-Duty Utility Bracket can hold up to 600 pounds per bracket. The winter storms are no match. Original Granite Bracket has your back. With one less thing to worry about as you prepare your house for the harsh season, you can focus on what's really important and enjoy the holiday spirit. We can help your home stand strong and endure the toughest situations.