Blog Post Updated on: February 17, 2020
In this post, you will learn…
- How to make the most of your winter home improvement budget
- Indoor winter home improvement project ideas
- Simple ways to save on your energy bill
Winter can be a great time of year to complete home improvement projects. Whether you’re willing to venture out into the cold or would rather stay warm inside your home, there is a home improvement project for you this winter!
Outdoor Winter Home Improvement Projects
While it seems less than ideal to work on outdoor projects during the winter, there are several advantages to working outside when the ground is frozen. Here are some outdoor projects to consider this winter.
- Prune your Trees. Barren branches make the work much easier for you or a professional to prune your trees. Without leaves, it’s easier to identify dead and damaged branches and see the overall structure of the tree. Winter pruning also prevents the spread of disease and causes less stress for the tree.
- Clean the Gutters. Clean your gutters early on in the winter to allow the melting ice and snow to flow freely. Ice dams in gutters can lead to foundation, roof and fascia damage.
- Prep Your Lawn. In the early winter, it’s a good idea to rake and clear debris, moss and leaves from your lawn and apply an appropriate weed killer/fertilizer.
Indoor Winter Home Improvement Projects
Stuck inside this winter? Here are some projects you can work on from the comfort of your home.
- Seal the Walls, Windows and Doors. As the temperature decreases outside, it’s important to look for ways to retain as much heat as possible inside. Check around your windows and doors to make sure there aren’t any drafts. Seal the seams around windows and doors with weather stripping or caulk to prevent heat loss. If your windows are hard to close, no longer lock or you feel cold air through the glass, it may be time to replace your windows and doors, contact Stanek® Windows for high-quality, custom-made products. With Stanek’s winter installation process, you can replace any of the windows in your home during the cold winter months.
- Tune-up Your Heating System. Before you start your furnace this winter, make sure to replace the filter and continually check it throughout the winter months, replacing it when needed. Consider hiring a professional to give your furnace a tune-up. While it can be costly, it can help prevent carbon monoxide leaks and keep your system running efficiently.
- Install AC. While it seems crazy to add air conditioning to your home during this time of year, the off-season is a great time to save money on installation.
- Clean the Chimney. Below freezing temperatures can cause the water inside your chimney to freeze and expand, which can lead to cracked bricks. Schedule a chimney sweep to inspect your chimney for cracked bricks, pests, debris and other problems that could cause a fire.
- Begin Planning Your Spring Projects. Winter is the perfect time to begin planning for your spring home improvement projects, especially the bigger ones like replacement windows, enclosing an existing porch, or adding a sunroom addition.
Simple Ways to Save
Looking for simple ways to lower your energy bills? Here are some helpful tips on how to save money.
- Reverse Ceiling Fan Direction. Ceiling fans should rotate clockwise at a slow speed in the winter, pulling cool air up. This pushes the warm air that has naturally risen down along the walls. The warm air will then circulate through your home, making you feel warmer.
- Add Insulation. If your insulation has been in your home for over 20 years, it may be a good idea to add an extra layer. The places that most likely need more insulation are the attic, crawl space, basement and garage.
- Get a Programmable Thermostat. Having a programmable thermostat allows you to pre-set the temperature in your home for the time of day. Turning down the temperature when you go to bed or when you're away at work will save you money.
- Put a Blanket Around Your Hot Water Heater. A hot water heater insulation blanket may save you money on your energy bill, particularly if your hot water heater is older or in an unfinished garage or basement. By maintaining a consistent internal temperature, the water heater doesn’t have to work as hard. Be sure to get the proper blanket for your heater and read all instructions carefully.
- Replace or Repair Thresholds. Is there a draft by your door? It may be time to replace your threshold. Thresholds help seal your doors, but when they get old, they not only look bad, they allow cold drafts to enter. Examine your thresholds for any cracks, tears or rot and replace if necessary.
At Patio Enclosures® and Stanek® Windows, we can help you make the most of your winter home improvement projects. Whether you are looking to replace your windows and doors or are ready to begin planning an enclosed deck, patio, porch, we’ve got the expertise and quality, custom made products perfect for you and your home. Give us a call today to schedule your free, in-home estimate.
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