The winter season is now in full swing and our house temperatures are rapidly dropping. As a result, most of us are resorting to measures like turning up the central heating and wrapping up in more layers, but the smart homeowners among us don’t have to worry about that.
There are dozens of practical home improvements that will keep the heat in and the cold out. However, most of them will require a bit of DIY knowledge and some tools and equipment (or a capable friend!). A lot of these DIY improvements involve fixing things that are making your house cold, and they are usually the root issue of why you’re feeling a chilly breeze at home even with the heating turned up.
Upgrade Your Windows
It goes without say that windows act like a door into your home. Not only can the cold breeze enter your home through cracks and slits, it can actually chill the glass to a point that it radiates cold air much like your radiator. Companies like Gravina’s Windows & Siding are a good place to start if you’re considering replacing your windows with thicker panels to keep the cold air out and hot air in. Alternatively, you can DIY and purchase thin sticky films to convert your single-pane windows into double-glazed ones for heating purposes.
It’s a good idea to look for any cracks in the walls or borders of the window so that they can be plugged up to prevent more cold air getting in. It also makes sense to install some rather thick curtains so the hot air can be contained within your home without any problems.
Drafts can enter your home through a number of different ways, but the most common have to be through cracks under doors, in the floors and in walls. Make sure that your flooring doesn’t have small pockets that are letting the cold air in. If you have a carpet, then double check the borders around your room are fit securely and that there are no gaps around pipes, electrical outlets or door frames. Next, ensure that all your doors fit snugly and that there isn’t a lot of space between the bottom of the door and the floor.
Holes and gaps can usually be sealed with a simple tube of caulk. It helps to have a device like an infrared thermometer to determine what parts of your house are colder than the rest so that you get a good idea on where the culprits are. Recessed lights in the ceilings are also rather hidden spots that most people don’t realize can let in chilly drafts.
Clear The Radiators
Most radiators in our homes are surrounded by large pieces of furniture such as sofas and beds. If you want the heat to radiate out and warm up the room then it’s a good idea to clear away large pieces of furniture so that the heat can escape and fill the room.
If you have tall ceilings, then installing a shelf above each radiator is a good way to funnel the hot air into the room instead of directly up at the ceiling.
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