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7 Easy Ways to Winter-Proof Your Home on a Budget
Dated: November 15 2018
Despite everyone, especially Alaskans, loving the sun, winter is here. Keeping our homes warm can cost a lot of money, especially as fuel prices rise.
So, here are some ways to keep your home as warm as possible without breaking the bank.
1. Shut the doors of rooms you don't use
That extra space that you don't even use is
2. Close all of your curtains at night
If your windows aren't double-glazed, closing your curtains can help you keep the warmth inside. You can use thicker curtains to make
3. Let the light in
When the sun goes up during the day, keep the sun shining through your window and let the warmth of the sun enter your home. This will help you keep your home warmer without relying too much on your heater.
4. Mind the gaps in your home
Any cracks and gaps between your windows, floors, walls and/or doors can leak heat. It is important to seal them shut. Using inexpensive insulating strips, pieces of cloth or even blankets that are no longer in use can be a good help to filling in those gaps. You can use a silicon-based filler or even rolled up newspaper to cover gaps between the floor and skirting boards, especially if you have no flooring insulation. If you have an unused fireplace, make sure the flue is closed, or you can also consider getting a chimney
But, be sure to keep your air vents open to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
5. Regulate your home with a thermostat
Using a thermostat to control
6. Clean your gutter
Making sure water can flow freely through your gutters will help you prevent icicles and ice dams from forming later.
7. Keep them efficient
Keeping your water heating particles and sediment-free can keep it efficient. This is free and can not only help you save electricity use but also can improve longevity.
As per your HVAC, simply changing filters can significantly improve its efficiency and longevity. This is a win-win.
Hope these tips help your home to be winter-proof without breaking the bank. Do you have any other tips? Share them below!
Vanna has called Alaska home for the past 15 years. As a mother, real estate investor and previous business owner, Vanna brings many different perspectives when working for her clients. She has been a....
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