Tips On How To Winter-Proof Your Home
You may be viewing this article because winter is coming or it's already here. Winter is a beautiful time of year, but for some people it can be well...very cold. Some people like winter and some people hate it and prefer the warm days of summer. When the snow falls, it's game on. We need to be prepared and ready for the cold. You need shelter during winter to stay warm and cozy. Your home is a great place for that but only if you can winter-proof your home, it would make things a lot simpler. Let's go on to talk about some things you can do to improve the freezing temperatures in your home without breaking the budget.
Heating your home during winter can get expensive, but if it's done right, it won't break your budget. Baseboard heating can be very expensive especially if it's for a large area. Space heaters are a great way to heat up your home without it being too expensive. If you have a large space to heat, you may need more than one. You can circulate the heat around by using fans in the hallways or outside doorways. Utility heaters are made for larger spaces like a one-bedroom apartment and when tipped over accidently, they will shut off automatically to keep your home from going up in flames.
Yes, it's time to buy a boot dryer. When you are outside in the snow or slush, your boots or shoes will get wet or maybe you just want to warm them up before you go to work. They come in handy and you get what you pay for so it's worth it. A boot dryer can run for $30- $40 USD depending on where you buy one. They can take 10 minutes to heat up, but they work excellent. You can find a boot dryer at your local hardware store or a department store. Always keep your receipts just in case you have one that ends up not working.
Sealing Your Windows
Do you ever walk around and see plastic covering people's windows? Once you start seeing it, you know it's getting cold outside. If you shop around at your local hardware store you will find packages of plastic window covers to keep the cold outside and the warm air inside. This can help save on your electric bill and a pack of them is not that expensive. Talk to your electric company, because sometimes, they will hand them out for free. All you have to do it use double sided tape and have another person help you to stretch the plastic over the window and that's it.
When I first saw these in stores, I thought they were a joke until I bought a few of them. When you come inside and take off your shoes, the snow will begin to melt off of them. As you walk around, your boots or shoes will collect: leaves, snow, pine needles and other gross items. It can track in your house and leave a mess. It's annoying to sweep up or vacuum and it can cause your new carpets to get nasty. As you take your boots off, these trays will catch anything that come off of them. After the trays fill up, all you got to do is dump them out. You can find these at your local hardware or department store. They run about $10.00 USD each.
Do you like winter?
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