How to warm up your home for the winter
Days are getting shorter and colder and though Autumn has just started it’s not too soon to start preparing for winter. As freezing temperatures approach, you’ll likely feel tempted to stay at home, warm and cozy. That’s why we’ve come up with these easy tips that will turn your house into the comfy retreat you’ve always wanted.
Don’t let your warmth and energy slip away
Though you might not notice them, your home is filled with tiny leaks. Perhaps you’ve already sealed the ones around windows and doors but there are plenty more inside your house. Gaps around electrical boxes, outlets and recessed lights are but a few of the ones that can easily be missed. Before the cold temperatures arrive for good, be sure to check your entire home – or get an energy audit to identify your home’s weak spots.
Examine your HVAC
If you own an HVAC system, you should know by now that it performs way better when you get it checked once in a while. So, perhaps you use these early Fall days to see if everything’s alright and to change its filter for a new one. This way, you’ll make sure the HVAC runs smoothly when you need it and that the air it pushes inside won’t have an excess of dust.
Get your fireplace ready
Though traditional gas or wood fireplaces aren’t the greenest of options (and the best option to keep the warmer air in, either), you shouldn’t shy away from using it if you use one. Just be sure to check it in detail to get it ready for winter. Examine the firebox, look for smoke stains and get your chimney inspected to cover all the things that can go wrong with it. Have some extra money? Perhaps it’s time to get your fireplace replaced by a greener option, such as a gel fireplace.
Open your home up for sunlight
The shorter fall and winter days should have you making all things possible to maximize whatever warmth you can get from the sun. Though that might seem close to impossible, there are a few things you can do to keep your home warmer with the aid of the sun. For instance, you should take the time to scrub all your windows to make them crystal clear and let the sunshine fully in. You can also take out your window screens that will surely trap dirt and dust that will keep the sunlight out. Finally, consider doing a small renovation and add an interior window in a strategic place that lets more sun in.
How’s your insulation doing?
Insulation should be on top of your priorities list, especially if you haven’t got it checked for a while. Proper insulation can work wonders, making you spend less energy and keeping your home warm with less. How can you tell if you need some insulation done? If your home is old, if it gets too cold quickly after turning the HVAC off, if you need to set the HVAC to high temperatures to keep it warm or if a quick inspection shows that there might be a problem with your current insulation (or no insulation at all).
It’s never too early to start getting ready for winter. Fall still offers some nice warm days in which you can get all these things done. Then, when the coldest weather hits, you’ll be all set to sit back, relax and binge watch whatever TV show you want in the coziest home you’ve always dreamed.