Winter is coming faster than we think, and with it is cooler weather and the busy holiday season. To make things easier and to ensure that our homes remain a place of warmth and comfort this season, we have compiled a list of a few winter fixes for your home. Each is a low-cost trick you can use to make sure your home is ready for winter and is much more efficient than ever before.
Install New Weatherstripping
When the weather becomes cooler, you want to assess your home and determine if there are any cold air leaks that need to be addressed. You can easily do this from inside the home. Simply move a lit candle around your door frame. If there is any kind of a draft, you will see the flame of the candle move toward you. Then you will know that you need to install weatherstripping.
Check the Attic
Next, you will want to check the attic and see if there are any cracks or gaps that need to be sealed. Up to 30 percent of your heating and cooling can be lost due to leaks like this. To fix these gaps, pull back the insulation in the attic and seal the drywall. You should also check your wiring, ducts, and other areas that may potentially have a leak and seal them.
Another way to fix your home for winter while also controlling energy costs is by installing a programmable thermostat. It will automatically adjust the temperature in your home while you are away while ensuring the temperature inside the home remains consistent.
Another low-cost way to prepare your home for winter is by utilizing the drapery and shades you purchased for your home. You will be surprised by how much insulation these materials offer you. At night, make sure to draw the curtains to help conserve energy inside the home.
Clean Your Gutters
Gutters should be cleaned at least twice per year so there is no water overflow that can cause water to begin leaking into your home. So, make sure you take the time to do this each year. While you’re at it, you should also check your roof for any missing shingles or other damage.
As you can see, these are just a few smaller and more affordable winter fixes for the home that will ensure you stay toasty and comfortable as the weather gets cooler.
You will also be saving your home from any unexpected repairs due to water damage or other issues with the home that may have been previously overlooked.