Its time to get that house or apartment prepared for the cold with a few great winter home tips!

Whether you want it to come or not, winter is just around the corner. That means everything from snow, ice and wind – to frigid temperatures that can chill to the bone.

If that isn’t enough to deal with, there are of course the higher heating bills that come with the cold.

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Winter may look pretty – but it can be costly – and cold!

But there are few simple winter home tips that can help easily lower those bills. And they can also help keep your home a bit more comfortable and draft-free this winter.

Simple Winter Home Tips For Your Home Or Apartment

Start With The Fireplace

Although a fireplace is a source of heat for many, it can also be a huge source of heat loss.

Major heat can escape through a fireplace, especially when not in use. In fact, in some cases, if a flue is left open, even partially, it can be the equivalent of having a large window wide-open all winter.

Not only is it an opening for warm air to escape, the chimney actually acts as a draft pulling warm air out even quicker.

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Fireplaces can be cozy when lit – but they can be a huge source of heat loss.

How can you stop this loss? For one, Be sure to close the flue securely when the fireplace is not in use. Consider adding heat-resistant glass doors to the front of your fireplace as well to keep drafts out.

And, if you don’t use your fireplace, or it is no longer operational, seal the chimney and flue entirely. This can be done by installing insulation above and below the flue opening.

On the subject of heating, if you happen to be building a new home, be sure to check out our article :  An Incredible Way To Heat A House.

Ceiling Fans

Want to keep that heat in longer? Then use your ceiling fans to your advantage.

Nearly all ceiling fans come with a reversible motor. And to get the maximum cooling and heating efficiency, their rotation needs to be switched in the spring and fall.

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Ceiling fans should be set to a clockwise rotation in winter to push warm air back down.

By reversing the switch on ceiling fans to a clockwise rotation during the winter months, it will push the warm air rising back down to the room.

Likewise, a counter-clockwise rotation in summer lifts warm air up and out.

Caulking Window and Door Trim

Caulking window and door trim is one of the easiest and yet most under-performed chores by homeowners.

Gaps and empty spaces around windows and doors are one of the biggest causes of winter drafts and heat loss.

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Sealing window and door trim can go a long way to keeping drafts out of the home.

That can be all but eliminated by taking a few minutes per window to seal with a fresh bead of caulking. Be sure to seal both the interior and exterior trim for maximum protection.  Product Link : Silicone Window and Door Caulk

Installing Door Sweeps

We have all been there. You are sitting in your favorite chair or couch, and you keep feeling an annoying, cold draft on your feet.

Chances are, it’s coming from underneath an exterior door. And it can all be solved with a simple door sweep.

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Door sweeps keep out the cold – and bugs too!

Door sweeps install easily on the bottom of doors. Some simply slide on, while others can be attached with a few screws.

They are an inexpensive solution to keep warm air in, and cold air out.

They also have the added benefit of sealing your home from crawling insects looking for a home as well.  Product Link : Under Door Draft Stopper Door Sweep

Install A Programmable Thermostat

When it comes to winter home tips that save money – this one tops the list!

By simply installing a programmable thermostat, you can save 10 to 20 percent on energy bills. And it works just as well in the summer with your air conditioner too!

Programmable thermostats allow you to keep temperatures lower when you are sleeping, or are away from home. Keeping heat to a minimum when you don’t need it results in huge savings.

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Programmable Thermostats can help lower energy bills by 10 to 20%

Most models allow up to 7 days of repeatable programming. This 7 day cycle allows a family to program for needs during the week, and on the weekend.  Product Link : Clear Comfort Programmable Thermostat

And don’t be intimidated by the installation process. Most programmable thermostats install easily by simply removing the wires from the old unit, and attaching them to the new one.

Take time now to prepare for winter! Jim and Mary.

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