No matter what type of home you’re living in, dealing with below freezing temperatures can be a nightmare during the winter months. Many people deal with freezing temperatures and even below zero temps on a routine basis. Dealing with these extreme temperatures can be frustrating when your home is not properly equipped to handle the degree difference. There are a few things that you can do as a homeowner to prepare for freezing temps and to keep the home constantly warm, cozy and fully-functioning.
Insulate the Home
Insulation acts like a blanket over your home and underneath it. Insulation is often made of soft-looking fiberglass that is tightly woven together to form a very thick mound of padding. The insulation should be put behind walls, in attics and in basements to ensure that the home is kept warm all the time. Walls, themselves, are very thin and they have no insulation to them whatsoever. Wind and cold temps can go right through the walls if they are not insulated, causing cold spots in the Huntington Beach home and higher heating bills. Insulating can either be done by yourself or by a professional company who specializes in this job.
Insulate Plumbing and Use Heat Wrap
Plumbing can become frozen when temperatures are very low. This might not happen if temps are in the low 30’s to mid 20’s, but they can freeze if the temps get really cold in your area. The best way to prevent a plumbing freeze is to insulate the pipes using the same insulation as you would in your walls, attics and basements. This keeps the plumbing warmer and prevents wind chill from affecting the pipes. There is also special heat pipe wrap that can be used to keep the pipes warm. This can be a bit pricey and really isn’t necessary unless you live in an area that deals with daily below zero temps. It’s also recommended that you keep taps running slowly on very cold nights to prevent the water sitting in the line and freezing.
Use the Right Heat and Distribute it Evenly
Keeping your home warm and cozy also means that you need to use the right type of heat and to have the heat evenly distributed throughout the home with Huntington Beach windows closed. A lot of homes have one main heater that is often located in the living room. It blows out a lot of hot air, but an upstairs bedroom might not get the heat because it is concentrated to one specific area. Space heaters can be used in homes that have one main source of heat that does not travel throughout the home. Space heaters can be dangerous when left on without being watched, so be sure to keep an eye on the heater while it is in use.
It might also be a good idea to reconsider the type of heat that you have in your home if it is not working properly or is costing you too much money. A kerosene-powered monitor heater can be incredibly expensive when compared to an energy-efficient pellet stove that throws off the same amount of heat. If your energy bills are still to high even after insulating the home, reconsider your heat source and think about changing to something that is more affordable for you and the family.
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Janice Ednest is blogging for PuroClean. She enjoys providing advice for home owners and first time home buyers.
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