Between 2006 and 2010, around 6,600 Americans died from hypothermia or exposure to excessive natural cold, as reported by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC). This means that, as winter approaches, it is important to take some preventive measures to protect your house against winter-related damage, which will help you avoid hypothermia, as well as save energy, keeping your energy costs low.
Here is a look at six tips you can use while creating your home winterization checklist.
- Seal All Gaps and Cracks
Doors and windows have gaps that can make it difficult to keep your house warm. Install weather stripping and use caulk to seal the gaps. This will help you save money on heating costs. If you live in an older home that lacks insulation and has single-pane doors and glass, upgrading to double panes can increase your home’s energy efficiency.
- Insulate Your Water Pipes
If the water in your pipes freezes, it will expand, causing the pipes to crack and burst. To prevent this, drain all the water from your sprinkler system and outdoor faucets and disconnect outdoor hoses. Additionally, insulate the pipes that run through unheated interiors such as basements, garages, attics, and outdoor faucets.
- Check Your Roof for Snow Overload
Too much snow on your roof can cause roof damage. To avoid this problem, remove snow from your roof frequently. If you notice your roof sagging or producing creaking sounds during winter, call a professional roofer to inspect it and do the necessary repairs.
- Keep the Attic Cool and Well Ventilated
If your attic is warm, it can cause the snow on your roof to melt, drain towards the gutters, and freeze. To ensure that it remains cool, insulate the attic floor and seal any holes and cracks in your ceiling and around the fixtures so that the heat from the house does not seep out. Moreover, always keep your attic properly ventilated.
- Cut Down Tree Branches That Hang Over Your House
Wind, snow, and ice can cause trees and branches to break and fall. To prevent potential injuries and property damage, cut down the branches or trees that hang or are very close to your home.
- Inspect Your Heating System
Ensure your heating system is in good shape. If the filters are dirty or clogged, the system will not operate efficiently. According to a study, you can save energy during winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you are awake and lowering when you are sleeping or away from home. A professional will help change the furnace filter and ensure that the thermostat works well.
These are a few tips that you can use while creating your home winterization checklist. As a homeowner, do you need help deciding which homeowners insurance policy to purchase? Visit Abbate Insurance for your insurance policies in New Haven and neighboring cities in Connecticut!