Fall is here, which means winter is quickly approaching. In Colorado, winter can be both a beautiful and trying season. Here are seven ways to winterize your home before the cold comes.
- Close-up your flue
Flu season really ramps up in October, but closing your flue this winter will keep warm air in and cold air out of your house. Doing so will help heat your home without hiking up your energy bill.
- Add heavy drapes and rugs
Changing light summer drapes for heavier winter ones was very popular in the days before central heat and air. Heavier drapes and rugs act as a second layer of insulation for your home.
- Replace less efficient windows and doors
Some people recommend re-caulking windows and doors for winter, but that doesn’t help thin windows keep heat in and cold out. Instead, add double and triple-pained windows, insulated doors and garage doors to drastically effect the energy efficiency of your home.
- Must have: Fire Sense Hammered Gunmetal Patio Heater
No one likes being snowed in. if you want to enjoy the winter scenescapes from the comfort of your patio, installing the Fire Sense Patio Heater will keep your patio cozy on the season’s coldest day.
- Must have: Lyric Round Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat from The Home Depot
Programmable thermostats allow you to save energy while you’re away from your home. They are also more accurate and reliable than traditional thermostats, saving users an average of 10% on their energy bills.
- Block drafts
Placing draft blockers on drafty doors like those that lead to outside, the garage, or the basement will prevent inaccurate thermostat readings. It’s easy, inexpensive, and stylish all at the same time.
- Must have: Natural light lamp
If you live in a home in the mountains, there can be weeks where it’s very difficult to leave your house. Adding a natural light lamp will give your brain the same satisfaction as sunlight while you wait out the snow.
- Take care of your lawn
Over-seeding with cold-season grass like fescue will help you achieve a luscious green color year-round. The best time to seed is six to eight weeks before the first hard freeze. Start early so your grass has a chance to grow a sturdy root system.
Getting your home ready for winter before it comes will save you both time and money in the long run. Saving money on keeping your house warm will give you more cash to spend in Breckenridge or Vail this season.