Extreme weather can be dangerous. You need to make sure that you are fully prepared for all of the ups and downs that it will bring, including damage to your property, and making sure that your source of heat is both working properly and is reliable.
#1 You are going to need to make sure you are checking over for exterior damage
The first job is to check the outside of your home – for instance, in winter there is a lot of rain and snowfall and with the global change in climate, this is only going to get worse. With this in mind, if you already have damage to your home’s exterior, you can make things far worse by neglecting it over winter. Cold can do a lot of bad things to the pipes in your house, so you should take your house’s maintenance very seriously.
#2 Get your HVAC serviced or replaced
If you have an HVAC that you use for heating or air conditioning, you need to make sure that you are getting it serviced so you can stay warm in extremely cold winters – and don’t overheat during record-breaking temperatures during summer. You want to make sure that it is in good order and is reliable to see you through these extremes and ensuring you get your heating and air conditioning unit serviced regularly is a step in the right direction. This might seem like an extra expense, but it is cheaper than a costly repair, and well-maintained equipment tends to be more efficient – which could decrease your utility bills.
#3 You should also make sure you have checked for water damage
In extreme weather, you are going to need to make sure that you are checking over your home for water damage. You might find that if you already have a leak or water damage issues, they might get worse in the extreme cold of winter – in which case the damage done could be practically irreversible. The last thing that you want is to be living in a cold house with damp, or a flooded home during a potential water shortage.
#4 You are going to need to make sure that you repairing any gaps
Gaps can mean drafts in the winter during high winds and letting hot air in during summer, which means your home is inefficient. You need to make sure that you are getting these gaps filled, whether that is temporarily through draft excluders or permanently by fixing the cause, by either taking measures yourself or getting the professionals in.
There are a lot of things that you need to prepare for during periods of extreme weather. You need to check over your house for damage, to make sure that problems won’t worsen dramatically when bad weather hits. You also need to make sure that your HVAC unit which is supplying a lot of your heat and air conditioning is working well, and won’t putter out when you need it most, so you need to get it serviced.