Surprising Ways The Weather Can Mess With Your Internet

If you live in a part of the country that gets cold winters, you’ve probably seen those ads on TV selling snow boots and winter gear. Unfortunately, though, if it snows where you live, it can also cause major problems with your home internet service when temperatures drop below freezing. Here are some tips to help you stay connected when the weather outside is frightful.

Learn about lightning

Lightning is typically viewed as a natural force that can’t be stopped, but there are a few things you can do to prevent it from interfering with your internet service. The obvious solution is to turn off your computer if lightning has been spotted near your area, but did you know lightning often strikes outside of thunderstorms? In fact, most lightning strikes occur independently of storms, which means even a clear day could see some electricity zapping around.

Learn about rain and water damage

It’s an unfortunate fact of life: Water gets everywhere—even inside your house. When it rains, water from rain and storm drains runs off roofs and pavement into gutters and downspouts, which often direct that excess water directly toward your home’s foundation. If you have a basement or low-lying areas in your yard, heavy rainfall can cause those areas to flood. That standing water is no good for your home’s health–especially not your electronics. 

Learn about extreme temperatures

It’s simple: The hotter it is outside, the more electricity your home uses. It sounds obvious but keeping an eye on your energy use in extreme temperatures can be a good way to find energy savings down to the last dollar. Also, watch out for rolling blackouts and power surges that could harm your electronics or disrupt your online usage.

Take precautions – create solutions

If your home’s internet performance has been suffering recently, you might not be imagining things. Extreme weather can negatively impact wireless internet, and it’s important to be prepared for such occurrences. However, with a few precautions and some solutions, you can improve your wireless internet during extreme weather events. Always talk to your broadband internet service provider if you’re having trouble with your internet.

No matter where you live, certain types of weather can have a significant impact on your internet connection. We’ve answered some of our most common questions about how weather impacts your internet connection and what to do if you run into trouble. If you live in Utah, and you’re looking for a Utah residential service internet provider, give Utah Broadband a call. We encourage our customers to call us anytime so we can help troubleshoot any issues they may be having with their service rain or shine.