Taking on some basic home maintenance or repairs before the cold weather sets in can negate the need for more serious remedial work when temperatures thaw. Make sure your home is ready for winter with these handy hints.
6 Tips To Prepare Your House From Colder Months
Heating costs can throw a wrench into your winter budget — and the cold can make you cranky. But you can limit the discomfort by addressing the gaps, cracks, and waste that drive up fuel costs. Such fixes are available at a lower price than you might imagine.
1. Old Quilts as Curtains to Keep the Heat Inside
Use old quilts as curtains to help keep the heat inside. If you have thicker quilts, all the better. They will be perfect to ward off the cold air busting through your windows. It’s a simple energy-saving hack to try in your homestead this winter.
2. Pipe Insulation as Draft Blockers
Frosty air getting inside your home is a problem in old houses with wide gaps under the doors. There are draft blockers for sale, but the prices can be outrageous. Use a piece of pipe insulation to fill in the gaps. Slice along the length of the pipe and slide it underneath the door.
3. DIY Slipper Boots
With mittens covered, take on this DIY slipper boots project next. It’s another upcycled sweater project to match your upcycled sweater mittens. Use the sleeves of a knitted sweater for the leg pieces. Cut a separate piece from the fabric for the soles. Stitch to connect the sole and leg piece and it’s done!
4. Place Rugs or Carpet
If you’re short on rugs but have old quilts or blankets, these can work. Place some rubber non-slip mats under the quilts or blankets to avoid accidents.
5. Focus on Fireplace
If you haven’t had your chimney inspected this year, have a CSIA-certified chimney inspector give it a once-over before your first burn of the winter to eliminate creosote (a flammable, sooty buildup) or obstructions that can spark chimney fires. When the fireplace isn’t in use, close the damper above the firebox to keep warm indoor air from escaping and cold air from entering the house through the chimney.
6. Reverse the Fan Blade Direction
If your fan blades are still set to turn counterclockwise, the warm air you crave will float to the ceiling, while cold air will get pushed down toward the floor level where you are. To avoid wintertime chills, switch your fans to rotate clockwise so that the blades will push warm air down to you.