Winter can put added stress on your home because of all the wind and moisture that tends to come along with the season. Of course your heater is there for support, but relying on it to do all the heavy work can be costly and wear down your system. Here are three things you can do to get your home ready for winter and save some money on your energy bills:
Have Your Roof Inspected and Coated
One of the most important ways you can protect your home from the outdoor elements is to have your roof inspected for leaks and treated with a reflective coating. This coating will help minimize water penetration during winter, keep your home cooler during summer, and lower your energy bills overall all year long. Having your roof professional coated is an investment that keeps giving throughout all the seasons.
Insulate Your Windows and Doors
Keep wind, mold, and moisture outside where it belongs during the winter months by insulating your windows and doors. Start by using spray foam insulation or caulking around the frames of every window and door that connects to the exterior of your home. You’ll get even more relief from the cold by taking these additional steps:
- Use door snakes along the bottom of exterior doors when they aren’t in use to keep drafts outside.
- Install insulating window film for extra warmth and to minimize moisture buildup.
- Use honeycomb cellular shades in front of windows for better insulation, optimal light filtering, and even noise reduction.
It’s important to insulate the doors and windows in your basement and attic because drafts can make their way into your home even if those spaces aren’t used on a regular basis.
Add Layers to Bare Floors
Using area rugs on bare floors in your home will help to keep your home warmer because the rugs act as insulation. There are several ways to use rugs for warmth and energy savings—try one or more of these options:
- Put large rugs in common areas where a lot of foot traffic is experienced.
- Use elongated rugs in hallways as runners.
- Put small throw rugs under each chair in the dining room.
Using area rugs on floors with thin carpeting can also help to further insulate your home and keep you warm.
These weatherproofing methods will also help to improve the look and feel of your home, and may even increase your property’s value overall. Click here for more info on keeping your home warm and safe this winter.