Published on January 13th, 2017 | by admin0
Tips To Make Your Home Safer In Winter
You may have noticed we are in winter already and with winter comes cold. It is actually with us for a few months and we are already sick of it, for sure snow is a great thing to play with but when it comes to get cozy at home, it is not the best asset. We all know a little secret to keep our home warm, just turn on the heater and set it high to your heart’s content. However, this is changing in the later years due to energy bills, they are getting outraging and then, we should do something that doesn’t spend so much money and we must do something to prevent problems before they come.
First, if you have a garden or outdoor patio, cut the tree branches that may cause snow or ice falling during a storm. The sooner you cut them the less problems you’ll have. Broken windows or doors are quite common in this season so, have some strong duct tape and sheets of plastic to cover the possible holes.Blinds also can reduce heat loss by 13-14%.
If you have faucets prone to freezing, keep them flowing all the time. You don’t need to do this completely, just allow a tiny flow to prevent pipes from freezing. It is not the most ecological way to do it but hey, you have to look after yourself and actually, if you don’t open the faucet so much you are not wasting a lot of water. And talking about freezing and bursting pipes, make a map of all the pipes at home and move all valuable stuff far away from them just in the case.
Check your water shutoff, and actually check it by closing it and opening it again. Show everybody at home where that shutoff is and, if it is not working properly replace it by a modern ball one that won’t fail. Many damages can be prevented by shutting off the water flow in the case of a breakage.
Invest on a good thermostat that allows you to set the temperature in different areas of your home at different times of the day. They are a bit pricey but in the long run you are going to save a lot of money by not heating areas you are not using or heating areas that are unused at that time of the day, like the living room in the night. Consider also to wear heavy clothes at home to save a lot of money in bills. We all know we can be warm outside when we are wearing heavy clothes like long underwear and knits.
Remember when mother nature knocks your door you must be prepared and sometimes the best solution is also the easiest one. Wearing wool gloves at home with your fingers exposed will keep you warm and will allow you to turn down the thermostat a few degrees, this will save you way more than insulation or other more fancy and expensive methods.