WEATHERING THE WINTER IN AN OLDER HOME
Weathering the dreary winter months can be a challenge for some, but can be especially challenging if you live in an older home. Older homes carry a lot of appeal, but they also may require additional vigilance during very cold weather. These are common issues that may require improving so that your focus is on friends, family and holidays, and not with home repairs.
Many older homes come with beautiful leaded glass-work,
but unfortunately these single-pane windows allow heat to escape, wasting energy. Replacement windows can be expensive, but they are one of the most effective ways to increase energy efficiency and comfort.
Insulation was not a high priority when older homes were built prior to the 1970s. It is to your best advantage to supplement inadequate insulation, particularly in the attic.
In order to ascertain how much insulation you need, check with an insulation contractor. Typically, R50 or approximately 15 inches of insulation in the attic has become the norm.
Original interior water pipes running near or against a cold exterior wall can freeze and burst during unusually cold winter weather, and may need to be insulated or relocated.
If the older pipes are made of galvanized steel, its best to replace them with copper or plastic PEX.
Early sunsets can make the winter seem dreary and long, so simple steps to brighten the interior of your home can go a long way to lifting those winter blues. Add bright color to any room with pillow covers, flowers, or indoor plants. Likewise, giving a small space like a powder or laundry room a fresh coat of paint in a cheerful color can help brighten an indoor space without becoming a major project.
If you've got a green thumb, you can also take this time to plan out your spring garden, reminding yourself of sunnier, longer days to come.
Your local Pillar To Post Home Inspector can provide additional information about home safety.
Andrew Radomski, R.H.I.
Pillar To Post Home Inspections
Pre-listing, Pre-purchase, Commercial Inspections for over 18 years
(Infrared Scanning, Appliance Recall Check, Mould and Radon Testing)
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