Weather Prepping Your Home For The Holidays – The Holidays are here and so is the cold weather! Keep your home running efficiently this season, so that you can make the most of your holiday season. Here are 10 tips to prep for your home for winter weather.
- Install Heat Saving Windows: There are 2 types of windows that can help reduce heat loss in your home and potentially save you moolah in the long run. Window with E-Coating can keep cold from leaking out, and additionally reflect back some of the room’s heat. Also, installing storm windows will dramatically make a difference in keeping your home cozy.
- Curtains and Drapes: Adding heaving curtains or drapes can also keep that cold glass from transferring too much into your rooms. However during sunny days, throw the curtains open to let in the sunlight. Those few sunny hours can help heat up a room quite effectively.
- Give your Heater a Check Up: Annual checks up of your heating system will help your heater run optimally, and maintenance will save you money in the long run. Furthermore, change your air filters frequently.
- Seal up your Ducts: Air ducts are especially important to maintain when your home has central heating. Call your favorite handyman or heating company to make sure that your air ducts are tightly sealed and insulated. This will save you costs in the long run.
- Stop-up the Air Leaks: Especially in older homes, air leaking in around cracks in the walls, and gaps around windows and doors is quite common. However, this can contribute greatly the colder or warmer temperature of a room. Stop by your local hardware joint and buy some caulk and sealing tape to DIY this common problem.
- Clean up the Fire Place: Fireplaces are ideal for cozying up on a cold winter night. Make sure your fireplace is properly cleaned and you flue damper sealed effectively. To save $ and heat your home, you may want to consider installing a wood stove or gas insert. These are not only easier to maintain and more cost-effective, they are just as attractive and cozy options.
- Fan Reversal: Did you know that your ceiling fan can help push warm air downward when you reverse the blades? This is an easy adjustment to make. Just make sure blades are going counter-clockwise before turning it on. Also, give the blades a quick wipe-down so that you don’t release unwanted dust into the air.
- Lights and Lights: Holidays months come with shorter days, which means you will be using more electricity to light up your home. Additionally, you may be using pretty twinkle lights to spice up your exterior with some fun holiday decorations. Either way, the lights will be on and for longer periods of time. Save money and energy by purchasing energy efficient light bulbs for the interior and LED lights for the exterior.
- Watch the Thermostat: There is not need for you to have the heat turned up while you are away at work, so consider setting your thermostat on a timer. You can set a lower temperature for hours away, and use the time to slowly raise the temperature about 60 minutes before you typically return home. This way your house will be nice and toasty when you get home, but you’ll save a few bucks on that monthly utility bill.
- Blankets and Sweaters: Often there are those days where you just want to snuggle up with a wooly sweater and a soft blanket. Not only will using these comforts let you lower the heat a few degrees; placed strategically, these amenities will give your home a warm, inviting vibe.
Take the time to wrap up a few loose ends, and prepare for colder days to come. By doing so, you can ensure your family a cozy and relaxing holiday season.