Ways to Protect Your Home’s Interior During the Winter

By: HomeFirst Certified
December 11, 2013
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With the winter months quickly approaching, manufactured homeowners need to protect their homes from cold, snow and ice. It is important to take action to protect your home’s interior; if you don’t, you may end up facing costly repairs in the dead of winter.

Careful planning and preparation saves time, money and prevents frustration. Take the following steps to guarantee that your home’s interior stays warm, comfortable and safe during the winter:

Heating Maintenance

Before you run your heating unit, it is important to get it checked out; you don’t want to run the risk of your heater breaking down during the cold winter months. If you hire a professional, they will inspect your thermostat, filter, electrical components and filter air flow.

Always make sure to clean your furnace filters; dirty filters impede air flow and heat efficiency. If your unit has disposable filters, change them before running your furnace. When you first turn on your heating system, keep an eye out for any strange signals that it isn’t working right.

Check the base of your water heater to make sure that it is clear of sediment; if it’s dirty, the sediment can cause damage to the lining of the tank when it heats up.

Chimneys And Fireplaces

If you run your fireplace during the winter, make sure to get it checked out by a professional service; they will let you know if it needs to be cleaned. Dirty chimney flues become a health and fire hazard. Always make sure to check the chimney spark arrestor; tears in the fabric allow dangerous embers to create a fire hazard.

Insulate Your Home

The best way to keep your home warm during the winter is to make sure that it is effectively insulated and sealed. Always check your attic to make sure that it is properly ventilated and insulated; this prevents ice dams.

Ice dams occur when snow accumulates on an inadequately insulated roof; water flows under these dams and accumulates in your gutters. When this happens, melting snow doesn’t drain properly; this results in leaky roofs, damaged ceilings, damaged walls and damaged insulation.

Look for cracks around your windows, doors, electrical outlets and pipes. If you find any cracks, seal them up. Caulking and patching holes will save you tons on heating costs; it can also prevent leaks that damage your home.

Insulate Pipes To Prevent Freezing

It is important to protect your pipes in the wintertime. When your water pipes freeze, the ice inside of them expands. If your pipes freeze, it can cause blockages; in worst case scenarios your pipes burst.

The best way to prevent this is to make sure that all of your pipes are properly insulated; do this before the weather turns cold. Use foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass to make sure that your pipes stay warm.

Winter can do a real number on your home; if aren’t careful, you may run into a problem when the weather is at its worst. It’s inconvenient and expensive to fix problems after they occur; a little preventative maintenance can really go a long way towards protecting your home.

Ways to Protect Your Home's Interior During the Winter

By: HomeFirstTM Certified
December 11, 2013

With the winter months quickly approaching, manufactured homeowners need to protect their homes from cold, snow and ice. It is important to take action to protect your home’s interior; if you don’t, you may end up facing costly repairs in the dead of winter.

Careful planning and preparation saves time, money and prevents frustration. Take the following steps to guarantee that your home’s interior stays warm, comfortable and safe during the winter:

Heating Maintenance

Before you run your heating unit, it is important to get it checked out; you don’t want to run the risk of your heater breaking down during the cold winter months. If you hire a professional, they will inspect your thermostat, filter, electrical components and filter air flow.

Always make sure to clean your furnace filters; dirty filters impede air flow and heat efficiency. If your unit has disposable filters, change them before running your furnace. When you first turn on your heating system, keep an eye out for any strange signals that it isn’t working right.

Check the base of your water heater to make sure that it is clear of sediment; if it’s dirty, the sediment can cause damage to the lining of the tank when it heats up.

Chimneys And Fireplaces

If you run your fireplace during the winter, make sure to get it checked out by a professional service; they will let you know if it needs to be cleaned. Dirty chimney flues become a health and fire hazard. Always make sure to check the chimney spark arrestor; tears in the fabric allow dangerous embers to create a fire hazard.

Insulate Your Home

The best way to keep your home warm during the winter is to make sure that it is effectively insulated and sealed. Always check your attic to make sure that it is properly ventilated and insulated; this prevents ice dams.

Ice dams occur when snow accumulates on an inadequately insulated roof; water flows under these dams and accumulates in your gutters. When this happens, melting snow doesn’t drain properly; this results in leaky roofs, damaged ceilings, damaged walls and damaged insulation.

Look for cracks around your windows, doors, electrical outlets and pipes. If you find any cracks, seal them up. Caulking and patching holes will save you tons on heating costs; it can also prevent leaks that damage your home.

Insulate Pipes To Prevent Freezing

It is important to protect your pipes in the wintertime. When your water pipes freeze, the ice inside of them expands. If your pipes freeze, it can cause blockages; in worst case scenarios your pipes burst.

The best way to prevent this is to make sure that all of your pipes are properly insulated; do this before the weather turns cold. Use foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass to make sure that your pipes stay warm.

Winter can do a real number on your home; if aren’t careful, you may run into a problem when the weather is at its worst. It’s inconvenient and expensive to fix problems after they occur; a little preventative maintenance can really go a long way towards protecting your home.

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