7 Things to Do Right Now for a Warmer Winter
Keep Toasty All Winter Long
The crisp snap of autumn weather is a reminder that even colder days lie ahead. Get ready for them by performing a few simple chores now that will keep you toasty all winter long.
Weather stripping can save you up to 20 percent on your heating bill — especially if you have drafty windows or doors; plus, it's quick, easy and doesn't cost a lot of money. Place weather stripping along doorjambs, and in the gaps between windows and sashes, to keep the chilly breezes out and the heat in.
Fix Door Drafts
If your doors need extra draft protection, add a door sweep along the bottom. These flexible, rubber strips seal the gap at the bottom of the door to keep howling winds at bay. If cold air is still getting in, buy or DIY a door snake (a tube of fabric filled with sand, rice, or other material) to lay on the floor and plug the gap.
The attic and basement are two spots where you can lose a lot of heat. By insulating your basement ceiling and your attic floor, you can prevent warm air from escaping your home. Also, check around the exterior of your house for any cracks in the foundation, gaps, or cable holes, and seal or fill them with spray foam insulation.
Your furnace works better if it’s properly maintained. Some utility providers offer a free annual checkup for your furnace, but if yours doesn't, it may be worth paying a technician to ensure that your furnace is in top condition. You can also improve your furnace performance with simple maintenance yourself, like replacing filters and cleaning registers.
Swap Your Thermostat
Standard thermostats can lead to wasted energy. If you opt for a smart thermostat, you could cut down on your energy use — and your utility bills. Among other features, these smart thermostats can sense when you're away and automatically adjust the temperature to save you money.
If you have forced-air heat, leaks in your ducts could be costing you hundreds of dollars. Seal them with specially designed metal tape and keep your ducts — and your wallet — more secure.
Cover your floors in throw rugs and runners for the winter months. You can also hang heavy, insulating drapes in front of your windows to keep warm air in and the cold out, where it belongs.
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