Maintaining your home’s heat in the cold months can prove to be challenging if there are any drafty or open areas.
The loss of heat leads to a higher energy bill in addition to everyone being bundled under heavy blankets, wearing several layers of clothes.
Beyond the nuisance of a crazy bill, the weather can cause damage to homes that are not properly climatized.
Let’s face it, we all hate cleaning out the gutters — the feeling of wet, dead leaves and streams of muck aren’t anyone’s cup of tea.
However, getting this nastiness out of the way will do wonders for your home when the rain and snow start falling in earnest as there will be no buildup of frozen water and debris that could break your gutter and damage your roof — ice can crack up blacktop, so imagine the effect it can have on your roof if the water isn’t able to properly drain.
In addition to property damage, unclear gutters can be dangerous because the overflow from the sides will cause icicles to form and you can get seriously hurt if one breaks while you are underneath it.
So grab your ladder, grit your teeth and get it done.
The draft from an improperly sealed window can cause more discomfort than you’d realize — causing a drop in the temperature of the room and thus bringing your furnace back to life more often than you’d like to pay for.
Silicone caulking areas that need to be refilled or simply applying plastic to the inside and/or outside of your windows can stop the draft from coming in.
Check your need first before deciding which method to use.
Exterior doors should have weather stripping at the bottom to prevent the draft and weather coming inside.
If this piece is missing or damaged, you can risk more than a higher heating cost — you might be looking at new flooring at the end of the season if you can’t keep puddles from forming during the winter.
Snow and rain can get in under the door, even when closed, so be sure to check that your weather stripping is not only present but effective by running water down your door to see if anything comes in.
Having running water is a luxury we don’t want to live without — especially if it meant having to use an outdoor lavatory in below freezing temperatures!
Running a trickle of cold water at night keeps your pipes from freezing and subsequently bursting while making sure a good flow of air is available under sinks can also keep things moving.
If you don’t like the idea of there being the sound of running water keeping you awake, you can buy pipe insulators that will keep the plumbing running smoothly and this more permanent option also means less chance of forgetting.
Lastly, this small change in your home can make a big difference in the temperature.
Using the clockwise setting for your fan blades, set on low, will help to blow air out and down from the top of the room.
Hot air rises, causing a loss of heat around the area of the room where people are generally sitting so this can be the difference between a higher thermostat setting and one more comfortable for your wallet.
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