When and How Should You Winterize Your Attic?
Like so many other aspects of your home and property, attics and crawl spaces require winterization to stay strong and function properly. Just as you trim back hedges and put away garden hoses outdoors, or put storm windows back in your home’s windows, it’s important to close and seal your attic in preparation for cold weather. Here are some of our top tips to help you get started.
Do it before it’s too late
Winterizing your attic and crawl spaces is a preventative step, so naturally, you’ll want to do this well ahead of bad winter weather. Timing also depends on location: Does your area stay very warm until mid-November, or do frost and cold start creeping in many weeks before? Consult with a professional company to determine the precise time for preventative winterizing measures.
Inspect your space
Before you have everything sealed up, perform an inspection of your space to make sure you don’t need water damage restoration in Montana, insulation replacement or other important repairs. Check for leaks, drafts, gaps, cracks and other wear and tear on the structure. Apply caulk to gaps, and wrap exposed piping with your insulation of choice, usually fiberfill or foam (unless pipes are plastic), to keep everything extra secure.
Reverse your fan
Many attics nowadays have fans that generally run during warmer months to help push cool air into the house. In the wintertime, you can help your attic stay healthy by reversing the direction of the fan. This will help pull warm air up and prevent excess damage due to freezing temperatures.
Most people don’t put a lot of covering (such as curtains) over their attic windows. After all, no one is really going to be able to see into the attic, or care to look even if they are high enough to look in. But when you’re preparing for winter weather during your fall maintenance routine, you probably want to get some plastic film to seal the windows, in order to prevent extra cold air from leaking in. You can buy a window film kit at most hardware stores, and they are an economical solution to prevent losing warm air or letting in cold air.
Set your home’s temperature correctly
It’s also important to consider the temperature of your home, as this will have an effect on your attic and crawl spaces—as well as your utility bill. One simple way to test your ideal temperatures is to ease into the temperature you want to maintain in the winter. Start with the temperature a little on the warm side, but still lower than your summer setting. Once you acclimate, lower it a little bit. You can also set your thermostat to be lower while you’re gone. Stay in the 60s range and don’t go any lower in order to prevent damage to your home or attic spaces.
For water damage restoration in Montana and other attic or crawl space needs, contact Allied 24/7 Property Restoration today. We look forward to helping you get your home ready for the cold winter months!