To protect yourself from the cold outside, you better get started on making due modifications to your house from the chilly winter days. The best way to fight cold is to get your house insulated. A great benefit of insulation is that it will keep your house cooler in summer and warmer in winter. And it will help your heating system like oil boilers to save energy as they won’t be used in the same frequency you used before. There are more tips and necessary steps you must take to secure your home from the cold. Follow below.
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1. Get Your Heating System Inspected
Your heating system may be running smoothly, showing no signs of damage but to be extra careful, get your electrical central heating checked by a technician. They will see to it if there is any potential damage that might pose a risk to your heating system, which will in turn disturb your peace in winter.
2. Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
To spare yourself from energy expenses reversing your ceiling fan’s direction is a brilliant hack. When you turn on your thermostat, the heat from it will rise up and thus no heating the lower are enough, which it should. The clockwise turning of the ceiling fan will help push the hot air down.
3. Fix Air Leaks
Improper insulation to house’s attic can result in ice dams which will allow ice water to seep into the walls of your house and cause further damage. To avoid such trouble. Hire a home-energy auditor who will not only check for insulation flaws but also fix them at a reasonable cost.
4. Look Out For a Damaged Roof
Keep an eye out to see if your roof is in good shape and can withstand snow and the water that comes with it. If there are missing shingles, you might as well get it fixed as soon as possible, for the missing part where the shingle should be will collect water that will seep into the walls of you house through the roof and give way to leaking. Also, remember to rack or blow of fallen leaves from the fall from your roof. Roof will collect moisture and thus cause potential damage to your roof.
5. Check the Joints in Your Window and Door Frame
Even if there is the tiniest bit of gap between the sliding and window or door frame, you ought to reapply the exterior caulk. It will help with the heating in your house, the insulation and prevent snow from getting in.
6. Clean the Gutters
Remember to clean the gutters and pipelines of you house. If your gutters are packed with fall leaves or anything else, you better unclog them as soon as possible to avoid gutter water accumulation which will damage the walls and roof of your house.
7. Drain the Water Pipes
Do not take this lightly. If you do not drain the exterior faucets or your irrigation system the water collected in the pipes will freeze and when the ice expands it will result in bursting of your pipes. To avoid such damage always drain your pipes beforehand as their will be no special need to irrigation in winter anyway.
8. Run You Mower
To avoid you getting you mower corroded, run it frequently. You may not use it but for its smooth functioning constant ignition is important.