The 3 Tips To Get Your House Ready For Winter
As the weather warms up, everybody is focused on how to get their house ready for summer. It makes sense since time is running out before it gets hot.
However, it is also a good idea to make sure that you have a long-term plan for this year. That means, thinking of strategies to get the house ready for winter.
Some items need time to put into place so it pays to be thinking ahead.
Winter is a season that can be quite damaging to your house so this isn’t just about finding ways to stay comfortable.
Between the damage and the high cost of heating, it is a good idea to take a very serious approach to get your house ready for winter.
1. Make it Pest Proof
Once the weather starts cooling down in the fall, many rodents and other pests start looking for a dry, warm place to ride out the winter.
Often, it will be inside your house. They have access to food and shelter and often can find ways to get inside.
It is best to seal up those holes and areas where rodents can get inside. You can often do it yourself by going around and looking for any holes or spots where the pipes go into the house.
That’s where mice can squeeze through.
It makes more sense to hire NY Pest Control services to be able to do this quickly and securely. They know what they’re looking for better than you so they do a much better job.
2. Protect Your Pipes
Frozen pipes that were not insulated properly can cause an enormous amount of damage to a home. A frozen pipe expands and cracks.
Then when the water starts flowing again will spray water all over the house.
Pipe insulation is inexpensive and easy to install yourself. Go through your entire home and make sure to put the pipe insulation on those areas where the house gets cold.
Common places are the basement, attic, or under the sink against a wall.
3. Insulate the Attic
Since heat rises, it is clear that the attic is going to be the biggest problem area when it comes to keeping your house warm in the winter.
With energy costs literally going through the roof, it is the most logical place to look to seal the house and keep it warm.
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Take the time to insulate the attic so that it will provide a buffer for the rooms below.
This will keep the warm air from entering the attic and cost you a lot to heat the house. It will also help to prevent ice dams from forming on the roof.
Which can cause a massive amount of damage to the structure.
How much insulation you need will depend on the severity of the winter and how long it lasts. Though, there are a few areas of the country that couldn’t benefit from it.
Do you have any other tips to add to make your house ready for the winter?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.