To protect your home and stay warm this winter, follow these 10 handy tips.

1. Close your curtains

During the day, close all your curtains or other window coverings. You can also add a liner with cheap, thick material for even more insulation. Open them periodically for the greenhouse effect to warm the house.

2. Close off unused rooms

Close doors when rooms are not in use. This prevents heat transfer in and out of vacant rooms, especially if you have baseboard heaters or radiators. Close the vents if using central forced air. Lower the entire house heat and use a space heater instead when you’re using just 1 room, such as when you’re watching TV in the living room or reading in the bedroom.

3. Stop the draft

The doors in your home have a gap along their bottom, whichs prevents them from scraping along the floor when you open or close them. Unfortunately, this also means that they can let air pass underneath. Use draft excluders to block the draft, or if you don’t have excluders, try a rolled up blanket or towel.

4. Seal gaps

Doors and windows commonly have gaps that let cold in and heat out. Seal the gaps with cheap insulation strips or even blankets. Stop the draft and save money!

5. Check your floors

Is your flooring insulated? There’s a good chance that they aren’t. Massive heat loss occurs through your floors. Use area rugs for added insulation and fill in any gaps in the flooring or floorboard with silicone.

6. Reflect the heat

Baseboard heaters or radiators located on external walls will simply warm the wall. Line the wall around the heat source with foil to reflect the heat back into the home.

7. Cover your pipes

Add an insulator to your hot water tank and pipes to keep water warmer longer without using fuel. Many inexpensive options are available for all tank and pipe sizes. Use blankets if you’re on a budget.

8. Use thermostats with timers

Have your timer turn the heat up earlier so the room heats up in time for use rather than cranking the heat when you need to get warm quickly. Turn the heat down 30–60 minutes before going to bed, and be sure to turn down the heat when leaving the home.

9. Insulate walls and attic

On a snowy day, go outside and look at your roof. You should see snow on the roof. If you can see your roof that means the attic is not insulated well and heat is escaping and melting the snow. Invest in good insulation to save big money in the long run.

10. Use your oven

Winter time is full of yummy cozy meals made in the oven. When the meal is done, leave the oven door open after you turn the oven off. The heat from the oven will help warm a room long after it’s shut off. Be careful if you have pets or young children moving around near the oven, however.

Being prepared is the key to keeping your home warm, safe, and comfortable this winter.

What’s your favourite tip for preparing your home for winter? Let us know in the comments.

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