When the temperature outside sends very clear signs that winter is on its way, when it comes to your house, there are probably two main goals that you have in mind: You want to make sure that the rooms in your house remain warm at all times and you want to spend as little money as possible to insure that happens.
For you to reach both goals, you should be prepared to do all that you can to ready your house for the winter season. One way to do that is to be aware of the most common winter heating issues that homeowners have so that you can do a bit of winterizing ahead of time. If you’d like some tips on how to get your house ready for the cool weather and freezing temperatures, check out the some of the heating issues that many people have below:
Air leaks. There are a lot of people who end up spending more on their monthly energy bills because they keep turning up their thermostat when they can’t seem to get warm enough. This often times is the case when there are air leaks, especially around your windowsills and door frames. Something that you can do to remedy this is to apply some caulking to the small cracks and holes that you have. You can pick some up at your local home improvement store and have your leaks sealed up in just a matter of moments.
Window treatments that need to be changed. While it can actually be beneficial to have your window treatments open during the winter in order to let some of the sun’s rays come into the rooms of your house, at night, when it’s extremely cold, it’s a good idea to have thermal curtains. They are made out of material that helps to keep the warm air in and the cold air out. You can pick some up for a relatively inexpensive price at your local Target or Walmart and they’ll help protect your home from the harsh elements outside all year long.
Failing to insulate pipes. Is there anything worse in the winter season than having to deal with some frozen pipes? Something that you can do to prevent that from happening is to insulate them early. You can either wrap your pipes up with foam or fiberglass insulation and if you’ve never done it before, it’s fairly easy to do. DIY Network is one website that can walk you through it; simply go to the site and put “how to insulate pipes” in the search field.
Not paying attention to humidity levels. It’s during extreme seasons like the winter and summer when humidity levels can be a bit off balance throughout your home. And if you’re not paying close attention to the amount of moisture that’s in the air, that can also make it challenging to keep your house comfortable. If your skin is feeling clammy, that usually means it’s too humid indoors. If it’s cracking, it’s too dry. There is something that you can do in both cases, though. You can purchase a humidifier if there’s not enough humidity in the air and a dehumidifier if there’s not. Both are available at stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot.
A poor working HVAC unit or furnace. Another thing that can keep your home from being as warm as it needs to be is if your HVAC unit or furnace is not working correctly. To guarantee that it is, you should have a professional technician come out to your home during the fall. They can change the filter, check the fluid levels and if you have a ductless system, they can also assure you that the ductless system done right is nothing that you have to be concerned about. Bottom line, they can get your unit or furnace geared up for the entire winter season so that you can stay cozy the entire time. For tips on how to find a reputable technician within your area, visit Angie’s List and put “find an HVAC technician” in the search field.