Winter is fun but it can get difficult to deal with if we aren’t prepared for it. As winter approaches, we need to make a few changes around the house to ensure that your family stays warm and comfortable throughout this period.
Here are some things you can do during this season.
1. Prevent pipes from freezingThere’s a good chance for the water inside the pipe to freeze, the issue with this is that the water tends to expand when they freeze. This expansion can damage the pipes and cause it to burst. A burst pipe is the last thing you want to deal with during winter. Luckily, this issue can be prevented by draining the pipes from time to time.
2. Prevent ice damsSometimes snow tends to get stuck on the roof and when it melts the water doesn’t drain properly. You can prevent this by cleaning your gutters to prevent it from being clogged or by installing ice slides on the roof to allow the snow to drain from the roof easily. A warm attic can also contribute to ice dams, so ensure that you seal off vent pipes, exhaust pipes, and chimneys to prevent warm air from leaking onto the attic. Adding an insulated panel like an ACP combustibility report Sydney can also help decrease the occurrence of ice dams.
3. Seal the windows and doorsLook out for small gaps between windows and doors and seal it off with caulk to prevent cold air from entering the house. These gaps can decrease the energy efficacy of the house as the heat used to heat the place would escape out. Sometimes a harsh weather condition can affect the quality and appearance of the exterior wall, this can be avoided by cladding the building using composite panels or by using a good weather shield paint. Visit http://www.claddingcompliance.com.au/facade-refurbishment-repairs/ for facade refurbishment.
4. Stock up on the essentialsWeather conditions are often unpredictable, what might start out as mild snow can result in a major snowstorm. So, it’s a good idea to be prepared for it by having an emergency kit. This kit should contain a fire extinguisher, just in case, there’s a fire, another source of generating heat such as a generator or fireplace and a shovel.
5. Check the heating appliancesCheck if the furnace is working as it should and ensure that you’ve changed the furnace filters. A dirty filter can result in an inefficient heating mechanism. You should also clean out the fireplace and chimneys to ensure that they work well when you need them to.