As the dead of winter hits us, heating bills skyrocket and seasonal ailments increase. However, if you prepare your home before the cold season starts, you can easily overcome some of winter’s biggest inconveniences.
Here are some top tips to help you winterize your home.
- Switch to thermal curtains. While it’s only a myth that you can get sick from cold drafts in the winter, they do contribute to higher energy bills. Thermal curtains will help prevent drafts from entering your home as well as maintain a more stable indoor temperature. The temperature stability will lower your heating bills and ensure you have a warm and cozy home this winter.
- Stop the draft. Aside from windows, cold drafts can come through the smallest nooks and crannies in your home, such as doors, electrical outlets and switches because there is no insulation. To further save money on your heating bills, install insulated gaskets to your outlets and switches and place draft stoppers underneath your front and back doors – maybe even the doors to your attic or basement. Also consider keeping the doors closed on rooms that tend to be colder and aren’t frequently used.
- Change furnace filters regularly. Furnace filters are a culprit for many winter issues, and it’s important to make sure you change them at least every three months. Not only will it help keep your HVAC system in top shape, proper furnace maintenance will help lower energy costs (the more clogged the filter is, the harder the furnace needs to work). Most importantly, it will help combat winter allergies and asthma by ridding indoor air from allergens such as dirt, dust and pet dander.
- Invest in an air purifier. As soon as the temperatures drop, we bring out the blankets, crank up the heat and spend more time indoors. Though it may feel comfy, this can actually cause more discomfort for winter allergy sufferers. No matter how often you clean them, blankets and furnaces harbor allergens that are all released within a closed-in space. While you can’t avoid these solutions for staying warm during the winter, purifiers will help provide the best air quality possible.
- Move furniture away from vents. To ensure you’re getting the most out of your heat supply, make sure vents and heat registers aren’t blocked by sofas, bookcases, entertainment sets, etc. Larger pieces of furniture can prevent heat from circulating the room, making it more difficult to maintain a warm environment.
If you use the right tools, keeping your home and family warm this winter can be efficient, safe and cost-effective.