If you’ve done the appropriate checkups for your home and completed the right prep work (as mentioned in our previous blogs), you should be ready for whatever this season throws at you. However, it’s still going to be cold. And for those especially chilly days, there are small things you can do in your home to make sure you stay comfy and warm. And most of these things you can do without calling a company like Doerr Siding & Window to seal up your home.
Open and Close Your (Heavy) Curtains
While your light curtains were great for the dog days of summer, it’s time to prepare for the chill that winter brings. This means it’s time to exchange your current curtains for heavier ones. A heavy set of curtains on your windows will help trap warm air inside and keep cold temperatures from seeping in. Additionally, it would help if you kept your curtains closed during the evening and opened them up come daytime. This is because you want to let as much sunlight in as you can to warm up your home. However, once night falls, it’s time to close those curtains.
Rearrange Your Furniture
If you think rearranging your home during the winter is a strange idea, you’re not wrong. However, it becomes significant if any furniture currently sits over ventilation or in front of a radiator. There’s a good reason your sofa is the most comfortable place in your house; it’s taking up all the heat! To ensure warm air is properly circulated throughout your home, you need to place your chairs, couch or other furniture away from where warm air is dispensed into a room.
Check All Your Vents
Speaking of heating vents, are you sure they’re all open? Many homeowners will run their furnaces all winter long, not realizing vents throughout their homes are closed up. Thankfully, this is a simple fix; start up your heating and go around to all your vents, feeling for the air coming out. If nothing is coming out, flip the switch in the other direction. However, if you still cannot feel air, you might need to call a technician to look into the issue.
Place Some Rugs Down
If you live with hardwood or vinyl flooring, you’ll notice colder temperatures always keep this surface chilled to the touch. And even with your heating running as it should, cold feet can ensure you never quite feel comfortable. Thankfully, the solution to this problem is fast and simple: lay down a few rugs. Rugs will absorb some of that cold and give your feet a place to rest without being in direct contact with the chilly surface below.
Eliminate Any Drafts
In older homes, it’s easier for drafts to blow through your home via windows and doors. In this scenario, you have two options available to you. The first is to do some DIY insulation with weather strips. Most local hardware stores have weather-stripping available for you to place in the seams of your doors and windows, which are a good way to get you through the season. However, if this doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, Doerr can provide a better solution (meaning it might be time to replace your old windows and doors).
Consider a Smart Thermostat
One of the latest technological advancements in recent years has been the invention of the smart thermostat. And while the implementation of a smart thermostat for your home won’t necessarily do anything to improve the heat distribution throughout your home, it will help you save money during the coldest parts of the year. A smart thermostat will learn your patterns and preferences, only heating your home when necessary. So, if away at work during most of the day, your heating will only kick on shortly before you arrive home. Or, you can program your furnace to begin working shortly before you wake up every morning. Thus, you aren’t wasting energy heating your home when you don’t need it.
Start Planning for Next Year
By implementing some of these steps, you can make sure your home stays warm all winter long. Additionally, now’s the time to start planning for next year and what steps you can take to insulate your home better. To help winter prepping your house, you can count on the professionals at Doerr Siding & Window. From cleaning out your gutters to insulating your windows, we can help you get your home ready for the worst winter weather. And when you live in Illinois, you can never count on the weather being consistent!
To learn more about how we can help winter prep your home, call Doerr Siding & Window today at 309-694-9561. Also, we are located at 603 Pinecrest Dr, East Peoria, IL 61611.