Simple Home Improvement Projects For The Winter

The dreading thought of the long months of cold as well as being stuck inside the house calls for some simple home improvement projects. Winters come with plunging temperatures that can make you really uncomfortable. Home improvements, leads to protecting your home from potential damage as well as addressing heat and energy leaks. The following are some of the ways you can prepare your home for winter.

1. Put the Ceiling Fan in Reverse

Reverse the blade movement of the ceiling fan to clockwise instead of counterclockwise. The clockwise movement will force the warm air that rises to go down so that you can benefit from it.

2. Wash the Windows

Though this may sound tedious, it will reward your house with unobstructed light as well as sparkling views. You will also have an opportunity to check for damaged caulking and cracks in the windows.

3. Make Your Windows Airtight

This will prevent warm air from leaking outside the house. To make your windows airtight, you will need to caulk around window frames and also apply weather-stripping between the window frame and the sash to eliminate air leakage.

4. Rearrange the Furniture

During winter, you can pull the seating pieces close to the fireplace in order to create a cozier mood in the house and bring out fleece throws that will help ward of the chill. Use lots of dark colors as well as layers of objects that supply rich texture that will make the house cozier.

5. Put up Storm Windows

Storm windows will help in reducing air leakage all year round. Storm windows made from wood, vinyl, aluminum frames, plastic panes, or glass. Glass storm windows are the best because they are longer-lasting, clearer and they do not scratch easily.

6. Clean the Gutters

Get your gutters cleaned before the winter rain and snow arrives. Scoop leaves and debris out of them and then flush them with a strong stream of water from a hose.

7. Have Your Furnace Inspected

Have the fan belt, the runs, the blower checked by an experienced HVAC professional. All dust and debris should be vacuumed out. The furnace’s bearing should be oiled if necessary. Also make sure that you have enough filters to see you through the winter months.

8. Chimney and Fireplace cleaning
If you have a wood burning fireplace and a chimney, get a pro to clean your chimney as well as the fireplace.

9.Protect Pipes from Freezing

Insulate your plumbing pipes using a blanket of foam to minimize the possibility of water freezing which may cause the pipes to burst.

10. Plug Hidden Leaks

Look under sinks in the kitchen, bathroom as well as basement for gaps around pipes and then fill them with an insulating foam agent. This will prevent cold air leaks.

If you are going to invest in a home improvement project, make sure that you do it right and you will reap its benefits. With the above methods, you will be able to make the stay in your home during winter comfortably.

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