Making some simple improvements to your home before the temperature drops dramatically can help guarantee that you and your family have a warm, comfortable winter. Elite Remodeling Services is always just a call away, and we’ll be happy to help you maximize your home’s winter efficiency. If you’re in the Minnesota region, call us today at (952) 646-2480, and we’ll get you scheduled for whatever fixes you need!
If you’re a proactive do-it-yourselfer, we figure you’ll appreciate a list of things you might want to look into before everything gets covered in white. Do a bit of inspection yourself, and if you find you need help, call our roofing professionals before it’s too late. Read on for our top winterizing tips.
Winterizing Your Home
Check for Cracks or Gaps that Need Sealing
If you’re handy, you might even be able to check for cracks and gaps that need sealing on your own. Remember, though, that as small as they might seem, any minor defect can turn into a real nightmare come winter because they render your insulation and heating system ineffective. What’s more, they can increase your electric bill dramatically.
Consider Replacing Doors
Getting new doors might not be the first thing you think about when you’re planning home upgrades, but high-quality doors can play a crucial role in keeping your home warmer in winter – and cooler in summer, for that matter. An energy-efficient door that is solid and well-constructed will leave as few gaps as possible in your entryway, keeping the heat in and the cold out in winter.
Replace Old Windows
Old, traditional windows are one of the primary contributors to your home getting chilly in the winter. Sure, replacing them might be pricey, but high-quality windows will last decades and pay dividends every month. Over time, they will pay for themselves in the form of savings on your electricity costs.
Install New Siding
Deteriorating siding can be problematic, especially if you have wood siding that rots over time. If it’s time to replace your home’s siding, we recommend considering using durable materials, such as vinyl. If you are attached to the wood look of your house, you’ll be pleased to learn that today’s vinyl can imitate the look of wood, so you don’t have to sacrifice durability for aesthetics.
Get New Insulation
Even the insulation in your home is more than a few years old, there likely more efficient options available in today’s marketplace. If you have the budget, consider replacing and upgrading your insulation. You’ll feel the difference quickly.
Install a New Heating System
Purchasing a new furnace or other heat source is expensive, for sure. But it’s also the one tactic that returns the most bang for your buck. If your heating system is a decade old or older, be sure to have it checked before it gives up on you unexpectedly during sub-zero temperatures. If your heating system is on its last legs and not running so efficiently anymore, consider an upgrade as soon as possible.
Other Easy Suggestions to Consider:
- Let the sunshine in during the day and shut your curtains at night.
- Use timers for your heater, so you’re not heating it too much when nobody is home. You’ll see a significant difference in your electric bill if you do this.
- Move your sofa away from the radiator, so it doesn’t absorb all the heat but distributes it better throughout the room.
- Use radiator panels to reflect heat around the room.
- Keep your gutters in good shape to prevent leaks and gaps.
Remember, Elite Remodeling Services is always here to help if you’re looking for a professional to maximize your home’s efficiency. We can help you with any winter-proofing you need, as well as many other construction needs. Give us a call today at (952) 646-2480!