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The Importance of Winterizing Your Home

(11/20) As the winter season advances upon us, now is the time to consider the quality of your home. While we may be able to put aside that looming home improvement project during the more pleasant seasons of the year, the wear and tear of wintertime on your home can be quite significant—especially for those living in the colder regions of the globe.

While home improvement projects may seem intimidating, completing a few preemptive repairs will save you both time and money in the long run—especially considering the damage that a harsh winter can wreak upon a home. Getting an early start on the winterizing process is not only beneficial to your wallet, but is critical to the safety of you and your loved ones.

Saving money

It’s a well-known fact that electric bills will inevitably rise in the winter. The culprit is—you guessed it—those heating costs. Winterizing your home against pesky drafts can help offset these increases in electrical use, making your home more energy efficient.

Air leaks typically penetrate your home through windows and doors, allowing frigid air to enter despite your best efforts to crank up the toasty interior. Caulking is perhaps the most common way to seal up those pesky leaks, and can be completed over the course of a weekend. Yet this simple repair doesn’t last forever, making it wiser to invest in the long-term quality and upkeep of your home. Deciding to repair or replace your outdated windows and doors will be more cost-effective in the long run, as your home will remain fully insulated not only through the harsh season, but for decades to come. Plus, now you don’t have to deal with the headache and tedium of re-caulking your seals throughout the year!

Safety precautions

We spend the majority of the winter months indoors, making the upkeep and safety of our homes especially important during the colder months. For the majority of owners, the most pressing safety issue is their quality of roofing, as the combination of heavy precipitation and bitter temperatures can lay waste to an improperly maintained roof. Your roof is designed to protect both the structure and contents of your home.

Therefore, a compromised roof is often a compromise in safety. Leaky roofs allow water to penetrate the structure of your home, which is especially a cause for alarm in the wintertime with decreasing temperatures causing these leaks to freeze under your roofline. Whether it’s a widespread repair or simply waterproofing your roof, the maintenance of your roof is significant to the winterizing process.

Winterizing your home is a process that is essential not only to the general upkeep of your home, but to the safety of all contained within. While high-quality repairs will always be more cost-effective in the long run, getting started in any way that you can is always a step in the right direction.