Winterizing your home may not be at the top of your priority list right now. We get that. We’d rather spend our time enjoying sipping cinnamon lattes than winterizing our homes. But here’s the truth: if you want to prepare your home for the winter weather, do it now.
Our dwellings should change with the seasons, just as our lifestyles do. It’s time to get out the winter woollies and start planning toasty nights in. Here are five basic jobs and aesthetic modifications that you must do. It will transform your home into a snug refuge and help you beat the winter blues.
1. Cover Your Windows
Sheer curtains are on-trend and ideal for hot summer days. But they don’t do a great job keeping the heat in and the cold out. Consider buying some layered or insulated drapes. You can also try roller blinds if your windows lack in the window-covering department.
Start by purchasing a window insulator kit and covering your windows. It traps air between the film and the window, making the air an insulator in and of itself. The kit includes double-sided tape and can cover up to five windows. Storm windows offer a more permanent solution if you can afford them.
Blackout curtains can also aid with heat loss, but we wouldn’t rely on them alone. Still, they’re helpful when there’s a power outage. Sure, you don’t want everyone in the neighborhood to know you’ve got lots of lights. Just remember to open them to let in some natural light during the day.
2. Get Your Fireplace Ready
Fireplaces aren’t the most effective way to heat your home. But they can provide heat and cooking in the event of a power outage. Check the flue with a flashlight for creosote buildup or bird nests. Also, check for significant fractures and other potential issues. Check the outside of the house to make sure no bricks or mortar are cracking. Don’t forget to stock up on lots of firewood as well.
It’s also crucial to ensure the damper is tightly closed to avoid drafts, but this may not be enough. A flue sealer is an excellent choice. Just make sure there are no leaks at the borders before installing it. Lastly, always beware of anything that may cause chimney fires such as very loud popping or cracking noises or strong burning smell.
3. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans
As we know, warm air rises. By reversing the direction of each of your fans, you’ll produce an updraft. It will push any heated air trapped against the ceiling down. By keeping the warm air moving, you’ll be able to use heat more efficiently. It helps you to save money on electricity. Changing the direction of your fan is an excellent idea, even if you don’t have any rooms with high ceilings.
Turn your fan off and then click the switch above the blades to reverse the direction. If you have a remote-controlled fan, you should be able to reverse the fan’s direction using the remote.
4. Insulate Pipes
Cover exposed pipes. Do this in unheated places such as the basement, attic, crawlspace, or exterior. We can use insulation pipes for this. Cover the entire pipe, including the bends and joints, and use duct tape to seal the seams.
It will save your pipes from bursting and causing major water damage. Pipe wrap insulation is another alternative, but you may need a lot of it. Some also use newspapers and duct tape. Of course, you may just let your faucets drip. But it’s a waste of water, and be aware that your pipes can still freeze if it becomes cold enough.
5. Take care of the exterior of your home.
Maintaining the cleanliness of the inside of your home may not be enough. Always prepare your home for any harsh winter weather by going outside and doing basic checks.
First, inspect your roof for any loose tiles or broken slates. If you are unsure about a problem or don’t feel secure doing it yourself, hire a roofer to assist you.
While you’re thinking about your roof, make sure all gutters and drains are clean of debris. It avoids a buildup of leaves or other items that could cause a leak or water damage. If you don’t have ladders or a head for heights, you may want to enlist the services of a professional.
Take advantage of the chance to think about any extra projects you haven’t gotten around to this year. You may need to change the bulb in your security light or mend a damaged gate. You can also fill in cracks and missing render in paving stones or walls. Taking care of these now will help you avoid any unpleasant winter surprises.
Doing simple home maintenance can limit the damage caused by winter storms. It can prevent damage altogether. You may feel more prepared to survive the winter months after you’ve winterized your home. Start working on your winter to-do list now so you can unwind when the weather cools.
Guest Blog by: Lisa Daniels Content Editor