How to Make Your Home Winterproof
Winter can be brutal, even here in the South. Still, you shouldn’t have to wear five layers of clothing inside of your own home.
But, most folks don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on insulation projects or heating units.
If you fall under that category, check out these thrifty tips for keeping your home warm when Jack Frost arrives.
CLEAR THE GUTTERS
This seems like a strange solution, but clogged gutters can turn into ice dams during the winter months. That can impact the temperature inside of your home as well.
CHECK YOUR CEILING FANS
Make sure your ceiling fans are rotating clockwise. That way, the fan blades push the warmer air near the ceiling down toward the floor.
FORTIFY YOUR WINDOWS
There are several cost-effective ways to keep drafts of cool air from entering your home. Weatherstrip tape is inexpensive and very easy to use on windows. Another less fashionable option is a product called insulation film, which covers the entire window. If you’re looking for a more long-term solution, a few canisters of caulk should permanently seal any cracks along your windows.
TRY A CHIMNEY BALLOON
A fireplace is definitely a great thing to have during the winter months. But if you’re not using it, you’re actually losing a lot of heat. Be sure to close it off with a chimney balloon so you can retain as much warm air as possible.
INVEST IN DRAFT GUARDS
Draft guards keep the frigid air from underneath your doors from invading your home. All you have to do is slide each guard underneath your doors. Fortunately, these are available at most hardware stores at an affordable price.
PROTECT YOUR PIPES
A busted pipe is the last thing you want when it’s below freezing outside. Insulated pipe covers add an extra layer of security to your plumbing. However, if the temperature dips below 30°, be sure to turn on your faucets and allow them to slowly drip throughout the night. Experts also urge homeowners to open up their cabinets to allow warm air to reach the pipes.