Winter is tough for people and housing both. House maintenance during winter can be more difficult as cold temperatures can make it more difficult to work outside, as well as make materials like paint and waterproofing more difficult to apply. Snow and ice can also make it more difficult to access areas that need to be maintained, such as roofs and gutters. Additionally, the increased use of heating systems can put added stress on equipment and increase the likelihood of breakdowns. Winter season asks for certain house amendments that need to be done in time to prevent harsh weather consequences.
Here are some of the basic house modifications that you might consider implementing during winter.
Adding insulation to the attic and walls can help keep heat inside the house and reduce energy costs. Spray polyurethane insulation foam is a popular way to seal the sides of windows, doors, and other openings of the house during winter. This spray turns into a solid insulation material and protects the house from cold breezes and winds. It’s also recommended to hire a professional to get the best results for insulating your house openings, and ensure everything is done safely.
Watch the Floors
Floors often get cold during the winter season and cause the overall house temperature to fall down. Covering and protecting the floors with extra mats, carpets, or foaming sheets to keep them warm is essential. Marble floors or tiles are more difficult to manage during the winter season; however, timber hardwood flooring can help to give your house a warm and cozy feel.
Applying weather stripping around doors and windows can prevent drafts and keep cold air out. Weatherstripping is a material that is used to seal gaps and cracks around windows, doors, and other openings in a house. It is used to prevent warm air from escaping and cold air from entering the house during the winter. Weather stripping can be made from various materials, such as rubber, foam, or metal.
Ensure you have a well-working heating system for the winter season. Having the furnace or boiler serviced before the winter season to make sure it’s running efficiently, can help reduce energy costs. Get your HVAC systems checked and clean the vents for a smooth flow of warm air through the house.
Windows and Roofs
Installing storm windows or adding plastic window insulation can help keep cold air out and reduce heat loss. Storm windows are an additional layer of protection that can be added to the exterior of existing windows to help insulate a house during the winter. Inspecting and repairing the roof to make sure it’s in good condition and can withstand heavy snow and ice. Line your roofs with additional layers if you feel that they cannot withstand the heavy weather.
Landscaping and Pipes
Trimming trees, and bushes and cleaning gutters before winter to prevent snow and ice buildup and ice damming. If water starts freezing into the pipes or the puddles outside the house, it can cause damage to the house. Thus insulating pipes to prevent them from freezing and bursting during cold weather is also necessary.