Winter is coming – are you prepared? Keeping your home warm in the winter is critical because it can offer comfort and it actually be quite dangerous to let the temperatures dip to far down. Cold temperatures can open up the possibility of sickness and it could weaken the immune system. However, weatherizing your home for the winter is also important for other reasons too. For instance, you want to weatherize your home to prevent damage from floods and mold as a result of all the moisture, and you also want to make sure your home doesn’t have any energy leaks that could make your utility bill go through the roof each month. Here are the top five easy home winterizing tips.
- Get cozy. When the winter hits, your thin sheets and comforter aren’t going to cut it. This is especially true in regions where it gets especially cold. If this is the case, you want to stock up on flannel, which is a great material because it retains warmth and it won’t cause uncomfortable sweating. Also, you want to get a comforter that is built for the cold weather. When you are purchasing comforters, you want to make sure that the down fill, or alternative down fill, has the proper weight for the cold weather.
- Install a humidifier. When the cold weather hits, most of us will be relying on the furnace or fireplace to keep us warm. While a heater can definitely keep a home warm, it can also have an unwelcome side effect, which is dryness. Indeed, by keeping all the windows cold and blasting the heater, you can literally suck all the moisture out of the air. This would be fine if it didn’t cause dry nose and mouth, nose bleeds and other uncomfortable respiratory issues. So, if you want to keep the moisture levels up, it would be smart to get a humidifier.
- Weatherstrip. This another one of those vital winterizing steps you need to take in order to prevent unnecessary air leaks and moisture damage. Most of our homes have windows and doors that have some space on the side or on the bottom of the frame that might be exposed to the open outside air. In the summer, this space is fine, because it creates a ventilation system of sorts, but in the winter it can be quite dreadful. Not only can water enter when it snows or rains, but all of your heat will escape, thus causing higher than usual energy bills.
- Keep your furnace in tip top shape. Right now is the perfect time to make any repairs or perform any maintenance on your heating system. For instance, you want to replace filters, clean fan blades and make sure there are no major problems that might need an HVAC specialist’s attention. If you learned how your A/C keeps you cool over the summer, now is the time to learn about you furnace.
- Re-insulate. Does your attic need insulation? There is a good chance that you need a little bit more protection in your attic. Re-insulating your attic can make sure that when you blast your heater, that the heat stays in and doesn’t escape. Comfort is the key to successfully winterizing your home.