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Never Too Early: Preparing For Winter During The Summer

Winter is fast-approaching, and while it can be one of the most beautiful seasons of the year, it can also be the most challenging. Despite all the festivities and the captivating view that snow fall makes. According to a survey from YouGov, when asked about their favorite season, only 13% of respondents prefer the winter season, making it the least favorite season of Americans. Our point it that it is probably time to start preparing for winter.

Why it is Important to Start Preparing for Winter Now

From making driving extra dangerous to constant frost bite, Americans seem to have different reasons why they aren’t big winter fans. Often because people dread the coming of winter they end up putting to the back of their minds and end up unprepared for the season. Moreover, when it comes to winter preparation, most of us are distracted with all the festivities and the prospect of a vacation making us forget that our homes need to undergo changes in order to be fully equipped for this tough season.House covered with snow

Preparing for the winter season is just as important as preparing for storms, and welcoming this season unprepared will have repercussions on you, your home, and your family. With winter storms and cold temperatures, staying safe and healthy during the winter can be hard if you fail to plan ahead. Keeping our health in check and making sure we’re comfortable during the coming winter means making changes to your home.

Don’t Wait for Freezing Temperatures

Instead of waiting for the freezing temperature and cold winds to blow in, summer can be the best time to start winterizing your home. Of course, calendars this summer season are already filled with road trips and family vacations. Since children get long vacations and thanks to the wonderful summer weather, it’s understandable that your summer days are already booked with fun activities such as hiking, fishing, or even going out of the country. Summer days are usually busy for everyone and with so much going on, time can really fly by.

However, summer is the perfect time to prepare your home for the coming cold winds of winter. You might be thinking that it’s too early to be thinking about the winter season when we still have months of fall before winter finally kicks in. But while preparing ourselves for the winter can be as easy as getting our long-sleeved and turtleneck clothes from the back of our closets, preparing our homes is a lot more complicated.

Just like during stormy seasons, some of us often wait for severe weather conditions to hit before we actually start preparing and grab some necessities. While this may work sometimes, it is still better to prepare in advance. Preparation is easier while the weather is still sunny and pleasant. If we wait until it’s already cold and snowy, some parts of your preparation may be a lot harder to accomplish.

Winter can be brutal, and it can start earlier than expected.  In 2018, Kansas City experienced their first snow fall on October 15, breaking a 120-year-old record on the earliest measurable snowfall in the city. Aside from the fact that snowfall can start earlier than expected, the snow in Kansas averages 15 inches of snow per year, making it snowier than most cities in Missouri.

The first snowfall can be unpredictable and the cold winds and freezing temperature might start earlier than we expected, which is why we should take advantage of the pleasant weather of summer season to get ready for the tough and harsh winter.

Winterizing your home

From building emergency kits to getting your snow shovels to deal with the large volume of snow, there are many ways to prepare for winter. But if there’s one preparation you should do as early as now, it’s winterizing your home through proper insulation.

If you’re reluctant to contact insulation contractors to invest in home insulation because of its cost, it’s important to remember that insulation at your home will not only keep you warm during the winter but will also be beneficial for you and your family all year round, making it a worthy home investment.

With extremely cold temperature comes the loss of comfort in your own home and sickness among your family. In order to eliminate these possibilities, homeowners should invest in proper insulation for the coming winter. Home insulation should be one of the top priorities in your preparation for this very challenging season.

Here’s why home insulation is a great investment.

Comfort

Even though you’re inside the four walls of your home, keeping comfortable in the winter can be a challenge. It can take numerous blankets, extra layers of clothing, and extra usage of your home’s heater in order to stay warm during the lowest temperatures of the season. Insulation works by stopping the transfer of heat, helping to keep the temperature inside your home as warm.

Health

Constant exposure to low temperature and can impact the body’s immune system, as cold winds can affect our first line of defense. While the cold weather is not responsible for making more people sick during the winter, the viruses that cause colds can spread more easily in lower temperatures. Insulating your home can keep the temperature of your home under control, making you and your family less prone to catching colds during the winter season.

Energy saving

Air leaks can be present around your home, without your knowledge. From windows, doors, basement, and attic, air leaks can be wasting energy at your home, making your heater work harder to keep your home warm. Proper insulation at home helps prevent heat loss and can increase the efficiency of your HVAC systems, significantly helping you lower your energy bills.

Resale value

An added bonus of having a proper insulation system at home is the increase of its resale value. If the idea of selling your home is in the next five years is on your mind, installing or updating an insulation system can make your home more attractive to potential buyers.

How and where to start?

Contractor installing the proper insulationAccording to the US Department of Energy, having a proper insulation system at home can save you up to 20 percent of your home’s heating costs. Now that you have decided to invest in proper insulation in your home in order to prepare for the coming winter, you might be a little lost on which parts of your home needs insulation and what type of insulation is best for it.

If you are committed to insulating your home but not sure where to start, here are the specific areas in your home that you should insulate:

Attic

This area of your home is arguably the most important of your home that needs proper insulation. Your home’s attic holds a lot of generated heat as heat naturally rises. In order to keep that warmth inside your home, this area of your home should be properly insulated. Blown in and spray foam insulation in your attic for the winter will prevent heat from escaping your home.

Walls

The walls of your home also need proper insulation in order to reduce the needed energy to warm your home during the cold days of winter. Aside from making your home a more comfortable environment, insulated walls also reduce noise by blocking sounds which gives your home and family more privacy.

Floors

Just because heat naturally rises doesn’t mean that heat can’t be lost through flooring. Heat inside your home can also escape through uninsulated flooring, especially in areas such as the garage and basement. In preparation for the winter, adding spray or blown-in insulation in your home’s flooring will protect the heated air produced by your home’s heating systems.

Cozy up this winter with A+ Insulation

A home that is not properly insulated doesn’t only make your home uncomfortable, it can also put you and your family’s health at risk.

If you’re determined to have a cozy and comfortable winter this year, you can trust A+ Insulation to provide your home superior comfort. Our teams of insulation technicians have been insulating homes in Kansas City since 2004, so we know how to get the job done right. We will add the right amount and right type of insulation in the areas of your home that need it most in order to provide you and your family a consistent level of comfort, whether it’s winter, summer or any season of the year.

When it comes to home insulation, you can trust our team of highly trained and experienced technicians to deliver A+ job every time. Contact us today and let’s make this year’s winter your best, warmest, and most comfortable one yet.