5 Home Improvement Projects to Save You Money in Winter

Every time that the winter season rolls around, something that we can almost be certain of is that our energy bills are going to go up significantly. After all, when there’s chilly temperatures, bitter winds and snow on the ground, it requires a lot more electricity to keep our homes nice and warm. But did you know that there are some relatively simple things that you can do that will actually cause your energy costs to decrease?

If you’d like some tips on the home improvement projects that you can do that will actually save you money this winter, we have a list of five great ones for you to check out below:

Clean out your gutters. Before we even get to what needs to be done on the inside of the home, one of the first things that you should do is clean out your gutters. When they fill up with dirt, debris and twigs, that can cause water to back up against the house and lead to leaks and even ice dams. Although you could pay someone to do it, if you live on a single-level home, it’s relatively easy to do yourself.

Prep your chimney. If you’re someone who is fortunate enough to be able to sit around a roaring fireplace this winter, make sure that you prep your chimney before using it. Hire a professional to have it inspected. Make sure to keep the damper closed when it’s not in use. And throughout the winter, look for any indications of chipped brick, rust or deterioration. This should keep it working at an optimal level.

Work on your windows. If you’ve had winter seasons before where it seemed like no matter how much you turned up the heat, there still seemed to be a bit of a draft, it may have been due to your windows having small holes or cracks in them. That’s why, each season, it’s a good idea to carefully inspect them to see if any caulking needs to be applied. Two other helpful tips are to add some storm windows and thermal curtains; both of these will assist in blocking the cold from coming in as well.

Have your furnace inspected. During the summer, you may call a professional HVAC technician over to add coolant to your unit, change your filters and perhaps even ask them questions like how to make it run more efficiently and why AC is measured in tons. Well, during the winter, you should also have a technician come and inspect your furnace and heat pump just to make sure that they’re running efficiently and that there are no signs of carbon-monoxide leakage. This can actually save you a lot of money in energy costs if you do.

Add a couple of ceiling fans. If you don’t have any ceiling fans in your home, the winter season is the ideal time to get a few and here’s why: By setting them to rotate counterclockwise, they will pull the heat that has risen to the ceiling down closer to where you are. This means that you can keep your thermostat set at around 74 degrees and still be extremely comfortable no matter how cold it may be outside. Ceiling fans are a beautiful and practical home improvement project that’s good to use all year long.

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