The weather in Connecticut the past few weeks has been great! Not too hot and not too cold. But over the next couple of weeks we’re going to start seeing some pretty big drops in temperature. You may not have been thinking about how the cold weather affects your home but if you’re not prepared, cold temperatures can really cause some damage to both your home and the plumbing throughout it.
Don’t get caught in the cold. Here’s some advice on how to winterize your home!
Caulk Around Windows and Doors
Many homes in Connecticut have windows and sliding doors with tiny gaps (about the width of a quarter). These gaps allow your windows and doors to operate smoothly without wearing away every time you open or close them. While these small gaps don’t pose any issues during warmer months, when it starts to get cold outside, the cool air can find its way in through the gaps.
Taking a caulking gun and applying it to the exterior joints of your windows and doors is a way to fix these potential drafty windows. Sealing windows for winter will save you money in the long run because your heating system won’t have to work as hard to keep your home warm. Just think of all the wasted energy if you have freezing air constantly sneaking in your windows! Want to make sure your home isn’t wasting energy?
Ice Dam Prevention
Ice dams are one of those issues that tend to slip most people’s minds. But that doesn’t mean they can’t cause huge problems for you and your home. Ice dams occur when water at the margin of your roof freezes over and starts building up back towards your shingles. While frozen, ice dams aren’t a huge deal. However, on a slightly warmer day, the ice dams melt and water can seep up underneath your shingles. This can cause extensive damage to your roof structure, ceilings, and even the walls of your home.
Ice dams can be a serious problem and if you’re concerned that your home might be susceptible to them it is best to call a local home services professional and have them come take a look. Aiello Home Services electricians can also install heat strips on your roof to keep the ice from forming, and can save you from costly roof renovations in the future.
Turn Off Exterior Faucets
One of the easier things that you can do to help get your home ready for winter is turn off the exterior faucets around your house. Not only is it easy; it also can save you from major headaches down the road due to freezing pipes and ruined water valves. When water freezes, it expands, and if this happens in your water pipes, it can cause some serious damage. One of the major plumbing disasters during the winter is frozen pipes that crack or burst.
In addition to shutting off your exterior faucets you’ll want to disconnect any hoses you may have attached, and allow any remaining water to drain out so it doesn’t freeze. Get peace of mind that your pipes will hold up this winter with a plumbing system check!
Get a Heating System Tune Up
As winter approaches, we recommend getting a professional heating system inspection. Your heating system is what keeps you warm from the freezing temperatures outside and you definitely don’t want to have any issues with your heat right in the middle of a snow storm. Proper maintenance of your home heating can result in increased efficiency, which will not only keep you warm and comfortable, but save on your utility costs all winter long.