Winterizing Your Home

Winter is here. Whether you like it or not, it’s getting colder and there’s really no end in sight. The best way to stay warm this winter is to properly winterize your home. You may think that just because the snow has already flown that it’s too late to do anything to protect yourself from the cold, but you’d be wrong. Read on for some practical winterization tips to help stay warm.

Eliminate drafts – You can use a draft dodger, a simple tube sock full of beans or anything else you can think of to block air drafts around doors. They even make a foam device that slips onto the bottom of the door and stays in place as it’s opened and closed.
Change the furnace filter – This helps your furnace work more efficiently so it can heat your home better. You’ll use less fuel and you’ll have cleaner air all at once. It’s a win-win.
Reverse our ceiling fans – When reversed, ceiling fans direct hot air back down into the living space and circulates air more efficiently so there are no cold spots.
Winterize water lines – If you’re worried about frozen pipes, get some pipe insulation tubes. They’re inexpensive, easy to install and readily available at most hardware stores.
Turn downy he water heater – Water going into your water heater is going to be colder in the winter. Let your water heater have a break by turning down the temperature. That way, you’ll burn less gas warming the water up and as a bonus, you won’t feel as cold when you get out of the shower.
Install storm doors – Most average-skill DIYers can install storm door on their own. While this is usually a fall project since you have to keep the door open for a brief time, it can still be worth it to do in the winter.
Insulate windows – Plastic window insulation kits are poplar and are a great choice if you can’t afford full window replacements. The kits are easy to install and are inexpensive to buy. The only tools you need are scissors, a tape measure and a hairdryer.

Are there any other things you do to winterize your home? If so, share your tips in the comments section.

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