Simply put, winterizing your house increases your comfort level and saves you money. Winterizing methods include doing things to prevent damage to your home in winter, and those that reduce energy leakage. Doing so properly helps your home to retain energy so that you don't pay for heat that seeps out your windows as soon as your furnace generates it.
Why Is Winterizing Necessary?
The conditions that your home has to withstand in the winter, especially if you live in the north, are much different than those it contends with in the summer months. The cold creates additional stresses on your home, especially if water is allowed to seep into the home. Any moisture in your home expands when it freezes. That expansion is devastating to your home. In addition, the cold air finds ways to penetrate your home and skyrockets your heating bill. The colder your winter climate, the worse both these effects will be.
Protection From Leaks
One of the main things you need to do before winter is find any potential sources of moisture entry into your home and seal them up. Make sure your gutters are clean so that you don't get an ice build up that will eventually lead to water draining into the home. Also, ensure that any windows are properly sealed to keep moisture out and heat in. If your roof has been damaged during the year or is old, you should also be sure to patch any damaged spots.
Your next goal in winterizing is to prevent heat from escaping your house and cold air from getting in. Make sure that your windows are properly sealed and install weather stripping around windows and doors. You should also use a leak detector or have a company come in to search for leaks in your house, such as in the attic. Then, seal and insulate around those leaks to make your home more energy efficient in winter.
Winterizing includes paying attention to a few pieces of equipment in the home. Always inspect your furnace and clean the filters, or have it professionally inspected to make sure that it works properly before winter strikes. Also, reverse your ceiling fan to help keep heat in the house. You want the air to push downward, as this keeps warm air from escaping through the attic.
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