How to Prepare Your Home for All Weather Conditions

May 20 2018
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Up here in northern MN just about every choice we make on our homes is directly impacted by our harsh winters. How do you Prepare your home for such harsh weather? Well, for me it was all about insulation! The largest expense I made for this home was the choice of spray foam insulation. At a whopping $8,000 it is still one of the best choices I made and never regretted! Here are some other ways we can prepare! The following is an article submitted to Grandma’s House DIY that I felt was really informative!

Homes are a completely necessary part of our lives. Though of course people can survive without them, we feel far safer and comfortable with a roof over our heads. However, nature sometimes has a way of raining terror down upon us, and sometimes, we cannot fight back. Still, there are ways of preparing and preventing major damage to houses ahead of time, with just a bit of research and work.

So how can you protect your home from possible weather damage, whatever the condition? Here are a few ways.

Rain/Water Damage

There are steps you can take to prevent possible water damage in areas that frequently experience rain, such as Florida.

Seal possible gaps around your home with weather strips, particularly around your doors and windows. It can also help you save on energy bills, as a bonus. Be sure to check and update your insulation, if necessary. Check your windows, and if possible, install storm windows in areas that experience frequent thunder storms.

However, should water damage occur, do not wait to call for assistance. Look for places that can help with water damage, like with help from All Dry USA, who assist clients all over Florida with water damage restoration. The faster you call, the quicker and easier it is to repair. 

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Snow/Cold Conditions

There are things you can install that can help retain warmth, which will good for both your home to prevent damage from the cold, and good for your energy bill.

One simple method is to install honeycomb cellular shades in your home, which are great for keeping cold and drafty air out of the house from both the window and the window frame.

Another simple fix is to install or make door draft stoppers, to keep drafts from slipping through under the door. Checking your insulation is significantly important in cold areas as well, as this can keep your house warmer without needing to blast the air heater.

Hot/Sunny Conditions

Having the right house paint can be a huge asset to keeping your home cool in hot conditions. Some paints absorb heat faster and to higher degrees than other paint, but lighter colors are good for not absorbing heat.

Looking into solar power may also be incredibly beneficial if you live in an area with extremely sunny conditions. Solar energy is better for the environment and your home.

Weatherproofing and caulking your windows is good for sunny conditions as well as rainy ones – it can keep in the cool air from the A/C, so you can regulate your house’s temperature without needing to push the air conditioner too hard.

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Windy Conditions

Storm windows – or at least stronger, sturdier ones – are the perfect addition to a home that experiences frequent storms and wind gusts. Thicker, stronger windows will vastly lower the chances of windows breaking during particularly strong storms, and it will be great for hot or cold conditions, too.

Also, keeping your outside decorations minimal will be important to preventing major exterior damage, as nothing will be able to snap off or blow into the walls.

Other Important Considerations

Investing in a blanket for your water heater, particularly in colder areas, is a good way to keep your water bills from being too high during cooler months and can help prevent possible water damage in your water heater.

You should also be sure not to forget attics or basements – these areas are often not considered, and weather damage can occur there just as much as the main areas of the house. Be sure to insulate the basement and attic when insulating the rest of your home, and make sure you seal the doors in those areas, too, to prevent air loss.

Weather damage can happen anywhere from all kinds of weather, so preparing yourself for all scenarios is simply smart planning. These are just a few steps you can take to keep your house safe and functional during even the worst weather.

(This is a contributed post, for more information about my compensation please read my disclosure policy)

Prepare your home as homes are a completely necessary part of our lives. Though of course people can survive without them, we feel far safer and comfortable with a roof over our heads. However, nature sometimes has a way of raining terror down upon us, and sometimes, we cannot fight back.

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