With October rounding up, and the fall and winter seasons coming upon us, it’s quickly becoming more and more cold as the days pass. When just a week ago you could walk outside in a t-shirt and shorts, now, the mornings are dipping down as low as 30 degrees or less. As winter and freezing temperatures come around, older homes are more susceptible to outdoor environments and potentially hazardous conditions occurring, such as frozen pipes or extremely drafty rooms and halls. A cold house is never a healthy one, so it’s vital that you make sure that your home is prepared for a cold winter, especially if you happen to live in an area that has extreme temperatures or you have an older home that isn’t as weatherproof as a newer one.
Winter-proofing your home can take the form of a variety of things, depending on your house’s current setup and existing layout. One of the first, most important things you should do, is ensure that your furnace and heating system is in proper condition. If you have an older home, you may need to look into potential furnace & heater repair before the winter season, to make sure there are no issues that could lead to potentially expensive problems.
After you’ve taken the time to check out your furnace and heater, the next important step is to start finding any holes, gaps, or cracks in your home’s foundation so there isn’t any warm air leaking out of the house, or cold air coming in. You can go to most large commercial stores and purchase a giant roll of weather-proofing tape, which are generally foam-based strips that can be used in gaps and cracks around your home to block air drafts. This is one of the cheapest options for saving money and winter-proofing your home, because small gaps and cracks under your doors or throughout your windows can greatly contribute to higher utility costs and a colder home.
Another great tip for preparing your home for the cold season is to hang up curtains or blankets over the window panes. This is another form of affordable insulation, that can save you the cost of replacing entire window panes. Blackout curtains are great for retaining heat in the winter time and keeping out the heat during summers. When you decide to go through with insulating your home, putting in weather stripping and hanging up curtains are the top two options that are both convenient and cost-efficient.
There are plenty of horror stories online of older homes, and even newly-built homes, undergoing massive structural and foundational damage because of cold weather leading to pipes bursting and flooding the home. Taking the proper steps before the cold weather strikes can make the winter season much more tolerable and easier to manage. Saving money on utilities can be as simple as you make it. Winter-proofing your home can take a little bit of planning and time, but the effort more than pays for itself when you see not only your heating costs going down, but notice the comfort levels in your home drastically improving.