Winter is Coming! Winter is Coming! (Time to Weatherproof!)

Don’t be fooled by the unusually hot, heat wave-like, and ‘tropical’ weather hitting the North American continent. Winter is coming, and is well on the way. Smell the air. With winter just around the corner, it’s time for home owners to get weatherproofing for their home. Although the past months might have seen unusually warm temperatures as the continent received a welcome blast of tropical air, the experts say now is the time to be weatherproofing houses to guard against the effects of a forecasted coming harsh winter weather.

Many gutter, roofing, and other home improvement experts, professionals, and companies are advising that doing a few quick and easy jobs now can head off potential catastrophes such a pipe bursting due to the cold. Pipes should be lagged to prevent them from freezing and a qualified plumber should be called in to check or repair any leaks. Plumbing issues like leaks need fast and professional attention to prevent the problem from escalating.

Other tips for keeping the harsh frost and cold away from the pipe system include leaving plugs in sinks during frosty weather to stop water from freezing in the system and leaving the heating on a low setting for home owners that are going away. Lower temperatures outside can also mean higher heating bills. With many household budgets already stretched by the economic crisis, cutting waste by ensuring a house has high energy efficiency has taken on greater importance.

According to a government energy saving agency, the average yearly energy bill for North American households has risen more than 18% in 2012. The most important investment for home owners looking for cost cutting to improve energy is to get a new boiler. This can also be one of the most expensive investments a home owner can make, but it will save a lot of money in the long run. People should consider replacing their boiler if it is more than 15 years old.

When changing a boiler, home owners should ensure they use a qualified Gas Safety engineer to carry out the installation. Other home improvements that will boost energy efficiency include adding double glazing and ensuring lofts are properly insulated. It is estimated that if every home in North America had 270mm of loft insulation, annual carbon emissions would be cut by around three million tons. All the money thus, saved would cover the gas bills of around 770,000 more families annually.

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