It’s the time of year when all of us start to spend more time inside. The cold weather, snow, and ice make it difficult for some people to venture out into the elements. But staying in doesn’t have to be a bad thing. You can keep your home warm and cozy during winter with some simple steps that don’t take much effort on your part.
Make sure that your home is well insulated in order to reduce heat loss to the outside. Insulation is a material that can be added to the interior of your home, typically in the form of an insulation kit. It’s relatively easy to install and can reduce heating costs by as much as half. One place that you might not think to insulate if you have an attached garage is the metal garage door. By insulating the doors, you can reduce the amount of cold air that flows into your home. Contact a professional to assess your home and see which areas could use more insulation. They can recommend different types of insulation that will be most effective for your home.
Seal Air Gaps
The other thing that you want to do is seal any air gaps around doors or windows that could let cold air inside. You don’t have to be a professional, just using some basic weather stripping around the doors and windows will help to keep the warm air inside of your home. You can also check electrical outlets and lighting fixtures for drafts and use a can of spray foam to seal any gaps that you find. By eliminating drafts you can reduce the amount of energy that you use to heat your home.
Check Your Furnace
Furnaces need to be serviced every year. Before the cold weather starts to hit, make sure your furnace is ready to go. A well-functioning furnace is possibly the most important part of keeping your home warm during the winter. If you notice the air coming out of your vents isn’t very warm, contact an HVAC service to help you diagnose the problem so your family always stays warm.
Water Heater Installation and Repair
A functioning water heater is crucial for daily tasks like showering, washing dishes, and doing laundry. If you’re experiencing issues with your water heater, it’s best to call a professional for help. They can diagnose the problem and determine if you need a repair or a water heater installation. Plus, they’ll have the necessary skills and tools to install a new water heater safely and efficiently.
Install a Gas Fireplace
Installing a gas fireplace is another great way to keep your home warm and cozy during the winter months without having to turn up the heat. If you already have one, make sure it’s properly working so that you can get all of the benefits out of it. This type of heater typically costs less to operate than a traditional wood fireplace. In addition, many places limit when and where you can burn wood in a fireplace, but since gas fireplaces burn cleanly you don’t have to worry about that. The biggest benefit is the convenience since it only takes a few minutes for your home to heat up.
Repair Your Roof
No one wants to deal with a leaky or damaged roof, but unfortunately, it can happen to anyone. The last thing we want to add on top of the stress of a damaged roof is the worry of how we’re going to keep the house warm in the meantime. Luckily, depending on your policy type and level of coverage, your homeowners’ insurance may cover what you need for a roof repair or even replacement. It’s important to know your options and ensure your home stays warm and dry.
Decorate for the Cold Weather
Decorating your home appropriately for the colder weather can help you feel more cozy and warm. Add some faux fur throw pillows to your sofa and some fuzzy blankets. Decorating with knit decor can make things feel extra cozy as well. Adding embroidered wall hangings can even help with insulation too. You don’t have to keep the same decor in your home year-round. Look for some ways to add a different feel to your home by using decorations during winter.
After making these changes you will not be forced to stay inside when it’s cold outside, but that you will want to stay inside because you will be comfortable. These ideas are simple and easy enough for anybody to do themselves, so what are you waiting for? Get started today!