As winter approaches, so does the time when houses tend to see the most wear and tear. The cold temperatures and wet conditions take a toll on your house and can cause problems. Here are some home issues you need to watch out for this winter.
Lost Warm Air
Over time, you may notice cracks begin to develop around your window frames. This often happens because the moisture levels that the frame is exposed to can cause the wood to expand and contract. Because the surrounding areas of the house don’t have the same flexibility, cracks form. This can happen both in the interior of your home as well as the exterior frame. Both can cause you to lose heat from your house. Poorly insulated windows can also allow heat to be lost from your home. Consider caulking your window frames and adding heat-retaining window drapes to shield your home from heat loss.
Fortunately for homeowners, winter can offer a respite from some types of pests. Insects tend to go dormant during the winter, so you shouldn’t have to worry much about most of those. Rodents and cockroaches, on the other hand, are another story altogether. These pests will be looking for a warm place to stay for the winter with easy access to both food and water. If you’ve experienced pest invasions featuring mice, rats, squirrels, or cockroaches and you’re worried about a repeat experience, try not to be too concerned. You can take measures to prevent the problem in the future. If DIY pest control methods don’t seem to be working, call for professional help.
Increased Power Usage
There is some debate about which season uses the most power. It’s hard to deny the impact that being at home and running appliances more have on your power bill, though. That’s not even looking at how much more your lights are on because of the decrease in daylight hours. Some level of increase may be normal, but unless your usage changes significantly from previous years it’s probably fair to assume that you shouldn’t see a dramatic change from previous trends. If your bill is suddenly higher, it’s worth taking a closer look at things to figure out why your bill may have increased.
Winter is coming, and with it, cold and wet conditions that can be pretty rough on your house. Keep an eye out for lost heat, pest invasions, and increased power usage in your home. If you notice any of these problems, be sure to take action to address them before they become worse.
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