I want to share a story with you that happened in our store a few years ago. A customer came in, unsure about which tool to pick for a specific task. We helped him find the right tool but also took the time to show him how to use it. That’s the kind of service we love to provide! We want to make sure everyone walks out the door knowing why we recommend what we recommend. With winter rapidly approaching, I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about why winterizing your home is so important.
Winterizing your home boils down to two key things: keeping the warm air in and the winter weather out! Let’s start with insulation. Think of it as your home’s winter coat. You want to ensure that all the warm air your heating system produces stays inside. If your insulation is old, poorly installed, or missing completely it’s probably letting warm air escape. Not sure which insulation is best for your home? Come chat with our friendly staff; they’ll help you find the perfect fit.
Next, be on the lookout for drafts around windows, doors, and other places air might be sneaking in. By sealing these gaps with weather stripping, caulk, or expanding foam, you’re not only keeping the cold air out but also preventing unwanted visitors, like rodents, from finding their way in. If light peeks through a crack, it’s time to seal it up!
Your HVAC system works hard during winter, so let’s make its job easier. Change those air filters regularly. Clogged filters slow down the air intake, making your heating system less efficient. Keeping the filters clean means your system works better and saves you money on energy bills.
Frozen pipes can be a nightmare, but here’s a tip: wrap insulation around exposed water pipes, especially those in exterior walls. It helps keep the water from freezing. Also, keep a tap dripping when temperatures drop. It’s like keeping a river flowing; still water freezes first, so a gentle drip keeps the water moving and the pipes safe.
Consider dressing your windows with curtains. Not only do they add a touch of style to your home, but they also help conserve heat. Cold air off glass can cool a room significantly, so a curtain barrier keeps the chill out and the warmth in, ultimately saving you money on your heating bill. This also means that if you have windows with southern exposure, keeping the curtains open when it’s sunny can keep it extra toasty during the day.
If you have floors that aren’t carpeted, especially ones over uninsulated crawl spaces and basements, adding large area rugs will help keep cold air out of your living space and keep your feet warmer, too. The rug is yet another layer of insulation. If insulation is the house’s coat, is the rug its socks?
If you have any questions about how to best winterize your home, remember at Randy’s Do it Best Hardware, we don’t mind your questions. We don’t mind them at all!