As we inch ever closer to the end of the year, the mild fall weather will give way to bitter cold and possible winter precipitation. But even as we begin to spend more of our time indoors and take refuge from the cold, how are our homes being affected by the winter weather? It’s important to be aware of possible adverse effects and practice preventative measures to keep your home as weatherproof as possible.
First, outdoor cold will naturally lower the temperature of your home. Nobody likes to feel cold in their own home. We go inside to escape the elements and regulate our atmosphere. As the cold lowers the temperature indoors, residents will want to increase the temperature. Thermostats, heaters, and even fireplaces will have to use more energy to battle the dropping temperatures. More energy means more money spent. During the winter, energy and electric bills can see a sharp increase as people prioritize comfort. This coming winter, save some money by lowering the thermostat a few degrees, or monitor your appliances to limit the electricity used by a fireplace or heater. As you spend time in your home, battle the cold and save money by wearing heavier clothing or using blankets.
Second, cold weather can have potentially disastrous effects on water pipes. If left exposed or unprotected, the water that flows through the pipes will begin to freeze. Water is much more dense than solid ice, meaning the same amount of liquid water will take up less space than it would in its solid state. In other words, water expands as it freezes. This process of freezing and expanding can cause pipes to buckle or burst from the inside. The last thing you want is to spend money repairing damages caused by a broken water pipe. This issue can be prevented by using insulated pipes, or you could even let your faucets drip to keep the pipes from stagnating.
Finally, the winter precipitation that comes with cold weather can have a negative effect on the exterior of your house. Snow, sleet, and hail are not exactly gentle. Be sure that the outdoor materials are weatherproof and can stand the rough treatment that comes with colder temperatures. Also be sure that these materials are energy efficient, able to trap and hold heat inside the house.
As the weather turns colder, start thinking ahead. Save time and money by following the tips above; you and your home will stay warm all winter long. Follow Talley Properties for more tips and tricks on how to save money and add value to your home.