The frigid temperatures that are rapidly approaching could make it hard to keep your home comfortable and keep your utility costs down this winter. The following are five things you can do to weatherproof your home this fall and get ready for winter:
Seal gaps around doors and windows
Buy some adhesive cell foam strips to place around your windows and doors at gaps where air can get through. You can also get some V-channel weatherstripping to put around loose sashes to keep your windows as secure and efficient as possible.
Plan window coverings to take advantage of the winter sun
Don’t underestimate the power of sunlight in naturally heating your home. By keeping open curtains and blinds on south-facing windows, you can take advantage of sunlight to warm your home during the day. However, you’ll need to remember to close these curtains and blinds after the sun goes down to help keep the warmth inside.
Clean out gutters
Clogged gutters can leave your home susceptible to developing ice dams that could cause leaks on your home’s interior. Clean leaves, branches and other debris out of your gutters to prevent this cumbersome and potentially expensive problem.
Repair cracks in your driveway
You can seal small driveway cracks with acrylic latex concrete repair and larger driveway cracks with a vinyl concrete patching compound.
Make sure your heater or furnace has a good filter
Needless to say, your heater or furnace is one of your most important tools in fending off the cold. Make sure your unit has a good filter so that heated air can flow freely throughout your home.
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