There’s a nip in the air, the warm jackets are out, and the days are getting shorter. You can feel it – winter is coming. And while winter brings a lot of cozy nights in by the fire or out enjoying the snow, there’s a lot to be done around the house too. Tackling home improvements and renovations before the cold sets in will be beneficial, because let’s face it – none of us want to be out in the cold (or snow) fixing up our house. Here, Siwek Lumber & Millwork breaks down four quick updates you can do to improve your winter experience.
According to New Home Source, most homes in colder regions are built using wood-frame construction. While this building type keeps your home resistant to weather conditions, it is essential to go in with regular maintenance and updates. After all, the last thing you want in the cold winter is a leaking roof, right? You could also frame a new room in your basement or add a home extension or shed on your property. This will help you raise your property value significantly and give you the extra space for living or storage we all love and long for.
Leak-proof Your Home
Winter drafts are an issue every homeowner faces. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency advises thinking of your home’s exterior walls, windows, doors, vents, and openings as an envelope. Look into each element and make sure that it is leak-resistant. You can DIY this easily by caulking frames around your doors or placing spray foam insulation. Weather stripping to prevent drafts is another viable option. And you’ll make significant savings with these improvements, too: sealing leaks and adding insulation can save homeowners up to 15% on energy costs!
Maintain Your HVAC System
Your heating system works overtime come the winter season, so be sure to give it some love before the colder months. Routine yearly maintenance is always helpful in sorting out minor issues from the get-go. HVAC and furnace filters also need to be changed every three months to avoid risks of carbon monoxide poisoning. In addition, keep an eye on the water levels in your boiler and be sure to change its heating filters too.
Pre-winter is the best time to take on those home improvements because you’ll have better contractor availability and set yourself up for spring. But completing your home upgrades in time will also leave you feeling refreshed and fulfilled like no other. You’ll be ready to sit back and rest assured your home is prepared for the onslaught of the colder months.
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