Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Things About A Home You Hate On A Rainy Day

Have you ever been sitting in your home and wondered what that noise was? Floorboards creaking is a sound that many of us know very well. Or how about the sound of whistling that comes from your windows? Another thing that many homes do is groan during windy days as the materials are all flexing from the impact. All of these things get worse on rainy days as the home is exposed to moving water. The last thing an old home needs is water that is infiltrating inside it from the outside. And if you live in a part of the world that has a lot of rainfall per year, you are going to be in a pickle or two over the years.

We all think that our homes are safe and sound because we don’t see the problems, we just might hear something that sounds like a problem every now and then. Here are just some ways you can fix the most annoying things about your home that are exacerbated on a rainy day.

Push the heat back in

During rainy days, the windows are especially susceptible to losing your home a lot of heat. What happens is that the cold from the outer layer of the window forces the inside layer of the window to gather heat from the home in a bid to equalize the temperature of the vacuum which you find in double glazed windows. This cannot be stopped but it can be managed. Simply place thicker curtains all along your windows so that the heat from within you home is trapped by the denser material. This means that the windows will get even colder but the inside of your home won’t. It's a trade off that is very reasonable. The only issue is that the colder windows won’t be as flexible so you need to have strong frames so the wind won’t damage or crack them. This will force the heat of the home to be pushed back in and circulate around the rooms more regularly.

Just put the heating on

The thing about rain is that it makes anything feel more cold even though the ambient temperature might be perfectly fine. You should know this as when you are wet and you go outside on a snowy or windy day, your body will lose temperature through the water very rapidly. So it's wise to turn the heating on when you are in the middle of a downpour. However, it's common for heating systems that are both the cooling and heating system to clog or become damaged in serious rainfall. This is because there are large openings in something like an air conditioner. It has to suck in air from the outside to heat up and then push inside, which can mean it's vital parts are exposed the most.

However you do have the option of a heating repair service which can not only inspect the damage for free, but also offer flexible hours to come and make a visit. So even if you’re in a rainy period of the month or season, they can make repairs using their own in-house sheet material and then make the fittings themselves. Their job is to get the HVAC unit repaired as quickly as possible and also give you a one year warranty of the installation. During a rainy day sometimes you can put on more layers and other times you might just want to turn the heating on instead.

The small but mighty

Mini-draughts are the thing that catches most people out when it comes to heating their home during a rainy day. It's the small things that add up and make things difficult for temperature regulation. Even your pet might be causing this by constantly going in and out using the cat flap. When it's raining cats tend to come inside but they will also jump back out and stalk birds that have come to drink the rainwater out of puddles. You should buy a draught proof cat flap entirely so there can be no way for the cold to get in when the cat comes and goes.

You should also fix a flap over the letterbox so if and when mail comes in there are two flaps; one on the outside and one on the inside. This is because when mail is left trapped in the letterbox and doesn’t fall down, the front flap is left open. This allows the rain and wind to get inside the home. The flap on the inside stops this from occurring and lessens the impact of the cold even if the mail is trapped.

The pools in the sills

The most annoying thing that can happen to your home when you’re in the middle of a rainy day is rainwater pooling up in your window sills. This is obviously due to a leak but the trouble is, finding the leak itself. When you check a window that is leaking, it's hard to see where the leak is because the water runs down the windows and the frame. So there are some techniques you can use to spot where the leak is and then you can begin on fixing this temporarily until it stops raining and then look for a more permanent solution.

First you need to block the leak by putting towels on the sills. Changing the towel every hour or so will help to keep the water out constantly. You can also put balls of cotton inside the window frame where you think the leak is. This will stop the water from coming inside in the first place. However you should put towels down on the window sill just for safety.

There aren’t many things that a normal home will be troubled by during a rainy day. The most common is the cold from inside your home escaping despite keeping the windows closed. As mentioned the heat is being stolen from the windows that are trying to equalize temperatures by matching the outside and inside. Put up thicker curtains that will push the heat being called to the window back into the room.

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