While layering up will keep you warm when exposed to the cooler weather, you shouldn’t have to put your jacket and insulated socks on when you’re spending time indoors. So, if you’re looking for other ways to cheaply warm your home this winter, try keeping your energy bill in check by trapping the heat using the following low-tech, winter-proofing methods.
Keep your curtains closed when it’s cold out
Cold, outdoor temperatures tend to seep in through most household windows and while heavy curtains won’t exactly keep the area airtight, even the loosest layer of fabric can keep you remarkably warm in the winter. In fact, closing your curtains limits heat loss because it’s providing an added barrier against the elements. It’s dark and dreary outside anyways, so why not keep them pulled and save some money on heating costs?
Draught-proof your doors and windows
While your home likely possesses some windows that are there for some added light, the windows that do open are often a source of air entry. We recommend using self-adhesive strips to seal the gaps around the frame and even a soft, silicone sealant on the windows that can’t open. Doors should receive a similar treatment; however, it may be simpler to use an under-door draft stopper to block the gusts of air. Lastly, you may want to consider plugging your letter slots and keyholes if you’re looking to cover all of your bases.
Place aluminum foil behind your radiators
While this tip isn’t applicable if you reside in a modern-day home, sliding a piece of aluminum foil behind your traditional radiator system will allow it to reflect as much heat as possible back into the surrounding space. While regular aluminum foil will likely do the trick, if you’re feeling extra cold this winter, be sure to pick up foil that possesses special heat reflection to maximize the retention without making your radiator work any harder.
Insulate your plumbing
When you’re on the hunt for ways to keep your home warm during winter months be sure to not overlook the plumbing. What does this entail exactly? Well, exposed pipes can be snugged up with slip-on foam tubing, whereas your boilers and water tanks can be easily dressed up with jackets (measure your tank before you make a purchase). After all, who doesn’t want to slash their winter energy bills by reducing heat loss?
Remember to clean out your gutters
While gutter-clearing isn’t the most fun job, it’s something that needs to be maintained year-long. Fallen leaves and sticks can easily clog up your gutter and the build-up of rainwater, with nowhere to go, will then seep down into your walls. So, if the weather allows you to go and get the ladder out, then you should take the time to get down and dirty!
Install some low voltage landscape lights
While all of the above suggestions involve keeping cozy inside, other things need to be considered when you’re referring to winter-proofing your home and that’s ensuring that your property has enough low voltage landscape lights. The winter months are long and dark and without the appropriate outdoor lighting, your home is more vulnerable to thievery and you’re more susceptible to slip and falls. That’s part of the reason why low voltage landscape lights are so beneficial, especially during the wintertime. So, whether you need some garden lights, directional bullet lights or some path lights to illuminate your walkways, be sure to winter-proof and brighten up your footpaths.
How many of the above pointers have you already tried this winter? We would love to see how much different our tips have made, so drop a comment below.