During the winter months is generally when our electric bill is at its highest. I never gave it much thought before, and I actually believed it was normal. How wrong I was. Here are some ways to prepare your home for the Winter months for a cozy place to rest.
I was surprised when I took the time to just look around to see what I needed to do to prepare for Winter. There are simple tips that don’t take long, or cost a fortune, to prepare your home for Winter.
What You Will Find In This Post:
The Benefits Of Draft Stoppers For Your Main Outside Doors
We have been in our home for over 20 years, and two of our doors are original to when we bought the house. That in itself is pretty amazing, because things don’t really last that long anymore. But as you can see from the picture below, there was a HUGE gap between the door and the floor.
So, after a trip to our local home improvement store, I found this hard door stopper that made a big difference. While it isn’t a permanent solution, it is working well until we are able to replace the door in the near future.
The nice thing about the particular draft stopper is that is slid right under the door and it was easy to cut it to fit the door for a tight seal. I will say that the hard door stopper is a little bit noisy, so a soft draft dodger may work better for your home.
Cover & Protect Your Home’s Outside Faucets To Prevent Freezing And Leaking
I don’t know how cold your Winter is where you are, but in PA it can get pretty cold sometimes. One of my biggest fears is that the outside faucet freezing up and busting. It is an intimidating thought because if you aren’t home when it happens, it could really be a problem. A great solution to that is a hard faucet cover.
The beauty of this item is that it simply slips over the faucet, and tightens to fit your faucet firmly. There is an insulation on the inside, as well as a foam edging that conforms to any type of brick or siding. This is definitely one of my favorite ways to prepare your home for Winter.
Stop Winter Air Leaks From Coming Inside With Outlet Insulation
One of the most amazing thing I found when we were painting our living room was the lack of insulation around the switches and electrical outlets located on the exterior walls.
There was a simple solution to this problem that was truly an energy waster during the Winter months.
The outlet sealers were an inexpensive and easy fix to this problem. Simply find the one that fits your switch or electrical outlet, pop out the center pieces, and slip over the switch or outlet. They made a BIG difference almost immediately. No more air leaks.
The Benefits Of Sunlight Bulbs For Your Kitchen During The Winter Months
During the winter months, I spend more time in the kitchen. I hate when it gets dark early, because I LOVE the sunlight. So I replaced our ceiling can lights with LED Daylight bulbs.
The light that mimics the sunlight made working in the kitchen much more tolerable, and the bonus to it is the LED lights save you money in the long run. Definitely a great bonus.
Change Your Air Filters To Prepare Your Home For Winter
Changing your air filter in your heating system can be part of your Fall outdoor cleaning. The main thing is to make sure you do it *before* you need to turn on your heating system. If you didn’t have it serviced during your outdoor cleaning, make sure you have it done now.
Dust & Clean Air Ducts Prior To Turning Your Heat On For Winter
Take the time to dust and vacuum your wall vents and floor registers. Blocked ducts for heating & cooling are not ideal. If you have your system on and it doesn’t seem like the room is getting warm, perhaps you should have a professional cleaning of your ducts.
Using vent deflectors can also help with keeping the heat in the room instead of heating the walls and windows.
There are just 6 of my best tips to prepare your home for the Winter months. You can curl up with a cozy blanket and a good book and enjoy your Winter-ready home.
The Best Items To Prepare Your Home For Winter
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