3 Ways to Protect Your Home From Freezing Temperature

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Cold weather has a nasty tendency to stealthily damage your home if you don’t take measures to protect it. Pipes, windows, gutters, and even HVAC units can suffer at the hands of extreme cold. It’s important to winterize your home every fall to make sure things work as they should when spring comes again. Don’t increase your chances of having an expensive home repair job when the ice melts — here are three ways you can protect your home against freezing temperatures so you can hibernate in peace.

Cover Those Outdoor Spigots

Image via Flickr by Rachael Towne

Outside spigots attach to inside plumbing. If they freeze, so does the plumbing under the house. You can’t rely on ambient home heat to keep pipes near outside walls defrosted and keep the tap from freezing over. The good news is that it’s not hard to cover up spigots for the winter. There are two good options: foam pipe insulation and electric heat tape. Foam pipe insulation covers work by insulating the spigot from cold air outside. It’s quick to install and doesn’t need electricity. Heat tape, on the other hand, does need a power source to work. This option is best used for spigots that stick out far from the house and aren’t easily covered by foam pipe insulation.

Protecting the AC Unit

AC units that rest outside are constructed to handle temperature extremes and don’t necessarily need proactive protection. But you might want to clean up your yard and secure belongings to protect the unit from debris such as broken branches, chairs, and other loose items. If you want to tarp the unit, make sure to leave about a foot uncovered around the bottom. Condensation may form if you cover the unit completely. You don’t want water building up in the unit that eventually freezes. Letting air flow under the tarp eliminates the issue of condensation that can harm the mechanics of the unit.

Stopping Air Leaks in Windows and Doors

Gaps in windows and doors create air leaks. In turn, those air leaks cost you money as warm air escapes to the outside and causes the interior temperature to drop. The furnace has to work harder and longer to keep up with maintaining the temperature, costing you money. Track down those gaps and holes before winter, plug them up, and keep the warm air inside.

Start by inspecting windows to see if gaps exist between windows and walls. If you find gaps in windows that you won’t open until spring, you can seal them with temporary caulk that’s easy to remove when spring comes.  Apply foam weatherstripping in a door frame to create a seal, and use a draft blocker at the bottom of the door to stop air from coming in.

Taking these steps helps you save money, prevent costly repairs come springtime, and enjoy your home without worry. It only takes a few hours to get the jobs done to protect everything for the next few months.

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