How to Protect Your Home from Winter Weather

Beauchain Builders

Many can't wait for the holiday season because a lot of enjoyment awaits us with some good books, movies, and a cup of hot tea or chocolate in a warm home. But for a home to be really warm, you have to take many important steps. Most people dread the colder weather because it brings much to think about regarding house care. However, with good preparation, winters do not have to be a cause for concern. 

We are in for a lot of time indoors during the following months. So, you need to learn how to protect your home from winter weather. There is also the challenge of energy efficiency. How good your protection is can be seen in two ways - both in your health and your heating bills.

What do preparations for winter entail?

While we are still enjoying fall, you can start your preparations for winter. But don't take out the Christmas decorations just yet! Your plan must include gutter cleaning, a detailed inspection of the roof, windows, chimneys, deep washing of furniture, carpets, and floors, proper maintenance, and preparation of pipes for the upcoming colder period.

When you follow our plan, you won't have to worry - you will enjoy clean and warm spaces until spring. First exteriors, then interiors!

Properly cleaned exteriors for a lower heating bill

If you want to lower your bills and spend more on gifts for your loved ones, we can help you with tips on adequately insulating to protect your home from winter weather.

Gutter cleaning

The first task is to clean your gutters. We know that it is difficult and requires acrobatic skills, but it is crucial that you do this task well. During the fall, a thick layer of decaying leaves forms in the gutter, which disrupts the water flow. If you do not fix this, it can be dangerous in many ways. For example, you would have water that drains in places where it shouldn't. This could affect your home's energy efficiency, as well as the presence of moisture in certain rooms.  Water can also backup onto the roof and get under the shingles causing leaks.

Prevent moisture

The presence of moisture is always a grave problem in all homes. Not only does it impact the aesthetic appearance of the house, but it also causes an unpleasant, stale smell. Moisture will cause mold growth which can damage your health, as some types of mold have been shown to affect your respiratory system.

Check the roof

Don't wait when it comes to checking roofs and chimneys for the upcoming season. Before you get the fireplace running, make sure that the chimney is clean so that you do not get smoky rooms or risk a chimney fire. Check the roof to see if there are any shifted or damaged shingles and replace them quickly. If icicles form on your roof, we have bad news: it means that your roof is leaking warm air.

Just in case, check doors and windows and find a potential source of heat leaks. Find these air leaks in your house and repair them. Also, protect the exterior hosebibs from cracking in the winter months: screw in all the external caps and turn water off.  Be sure to remove hoses and empty all the water from the hoses.

Insulation is key

We suggest you increase the insulation in the basement, attic, and crawl spaces to safeguard the pipes. Snow or ice melting on the roof might occur if too much heat escapes through the attic. Water can then refreeze, resulting in even more ice forming and, in extreme cases, ice dams that can destroy your roofing. If you are moving to a new home and if your new space is smaller, that should be a big plus when thinking about insulation and keeping the warmth in.

Clean interiors to protect your home from winter weather

Washing furniture, floors, carpets, or rugs should be on your list before winter arrives

In the winter, it is very difficult to ventilate the premises, and it affects the indoor air quality. In addition, mostly everything you bring from the outside on your shoes stays inside. Increased heating leads to faster growth of certain bacteria and microorganisms. Also, dust collection becomes a significant problem. Fortunately, furniture cleaning can protect you from these unpleasant visitors.

Cleaning furniture and carpets

Deep washing your furniture and carpets is best done in the fall, before the beginning of winter. You must first analyze what type of furniture or carpet you are treating and read the labels. We prefer washing furniture with natural products because heavy chemicals do more harm than good. Baking soda, steam cleaner, and regular vacuuming in addition to a light detergent are great choices when it comes to furniture. 

When it comes to leather furniture, moving experts at advise that you only wipe it with proven products prescribed by the manufacturer and without aggressive chemicals. The same goes for wooden furniture. Note the texture of the wood and clean accordingly.

You should also regularly disinfect the surfaces that the residents often touch and, in the winter, insist that the shoes be wiped thoroughly before entering the room. Floors generally give the most headaches in the winter. Surely, you can picture floors and carpets with muddy or damp marks. Nobody wants that!

Final thoughts

In addition to the advice above, we would also recommend you consider a backup generator and a new thermostat. You can never be too sure! Learning how to protect your home from winter weather requires some time and effort, but it is definitely achievable. Good luck!