Home Upgrades That Combat the Winter Snow and Ice

Home Upgrades That Combat the Winter Snow and Ice
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    The best time to prepare for winter is actually in the months leading up to the cold weather.

    The ice, snow, and freezing temperatures can damage your home and send your utility bills through the roof, but there are ways to combat these problems.

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Here are a few home upgrades that people in cold climates use to help manage the snow around their property.

Proper Insulation and Attic Ventilation

When it comes to attic insulation, you really cannot have too much. You can, however, have it in the wrong spots. The insulation over your living space should be fluffy and dry to be most effective, and it should be more than six inches thick. The intake vents along your soffits should be free of insulation to allow the cold air to come in and move up along your roof sheathing. This is how you’ll prevent dangerous ice dams and water damage this winter.

Warming the Roof

Another way to keep the roof dry and avoid ice dams is with special heating cables. These are installed along the lower edges of the roof and allowed to run in freezing weather. They keep the temperature of those shingles just above freezing so that snow and ice won’t build up along the edge of the roof and on the gutters. It minimizes the risk of ice dams and eliminates the weight of icicles.

Radiant Solutions for the Driveway

If you’re having a new driveway installed, consider having radiant lines installed below the final layer of concrete. A special boiler is used to heat the water, warm the driveway and ensure that the homeowner won’t have to shovel snow this winter. If you’re not in the market for a new driveway or don’t want the expense of a radiant system, then you might want to go with a snow plow from Hitch City. You can remain in the warm comfort of your home and let the professional get the snow out of your driveway for you.

Battery Backup

The big problem with ice storms is the high risk of power outages, but you won’t have to worry with a whole-house generator on your patio. Ideally, the generator should be inked to your electrical panel to provide service to your most important appliances, including the furnace and your kitchen. Even if the power goes out, you won’t have to worry about being in the dark.

When it comes to the snow and winter, you don’t want to wait until the last minute to start preparing. Have your attic insulation and ventilation checked ahead of time. Invest in warming coils for the roof when the weather is nice. Meet with your electrician about a backup generator over the summer so that you’ll be ready for anything the winter brings.

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