How To Winterize Your Home
Keeping warm during the cold months of Winter aren’t just challenging for some people, it can be costly too. But there are some things you can do to winterize your home that will make less of a challenge and less costly. It’s all in the preparation of your home prior to snowfall and most of it will just cost you time and energy and elbow grease.
How To Winterize Your Home
This is not a complete guide of everything you have to do, but tips that will help you save money and live more comfortably. Maybe you can throw those savings into a few Christopher Knight Home items to help spruce up your home!
Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning rain gutters isn’t just a Summer activity. Get the leaves out and make sure water can still flow. Snow melts and refreezes over the course of a Winter. Clogged gutters means that the water won’t be able to properly drain and when the freeze returns, ice dams will form. Water starts pooling, which can seep into your home, causing damage.
Flush Water Heater
Over time, particles and sediment collect on the bottom of the tank. They gum up the works, making the heater unable to run at peak efficiency. What you need to do is open the drain at the bottom of the tank and empty the heater. Have a tub ready to catch everything that comes out. If you haven’t done this in a while, there will be a lot of sand-like particles that come out. When it’s done, re-fill the tank.
Ceiling Fan Hack
Did you know that fans can help keep you warm in the winter? If you know what to do, they can. Heat rises, so there’s a lot of hot air trapped where it does no one any good. Most ceiling fans have a button that will change the direction the blade turns. If they turn clockwise (the opposite of normal), the fan will push the hot air down.
Change Furnace Filters
Dirty filters restrict airflow and cause your furnace to work harder to push warm air into your home. Something as simple as a new filter will make your home warmer with a lot less cost to you. Sadly, this is not just a one and done job though. You need to change out the filter on a monthly basis. To help yourself out, maybe mark your calendar with a date to remember to make the switch. Or if you want a more permanent solution, you can get a more expensive filter that doesn’t need changing.
Bubble Wrap Your Windows
This one might seem a little odd, but it’s another life hack that works and is relatively inexpensive to execute. Windows are a big source of how heat escapes the home. If you seal the windows with bubble wrap, light will continue to come through and trap the cold air between the pane and the wrap, while keeping warm air in. It will look funny, of course, but it could save you between 5 to 30% of energy usage that would otherwise be wasted.
This trick is from the old days when we didn’t have the convenience of internal heating, but just because it’s an oldie, doesn’t mean it’s not a goodie. Hang a heavy curtain in front of the doors you use to exit your home. Attach them to a curtain rod that allows the curtains to be slid to the side. This limits the blast of cold air from outside that enters your house every time you come and go.
Doing these things is a good start. These are all something you can easily do yourself without having to rely on potentially expensive experts. Hope they help you stay warm and save money over the cold months!