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This winter has been one of the coldest in history. Keeping your house warm is likely a struggle, and keeping the thermostat on all the time will add to your utility bills. In these circumstances, here are a few additions you can add to your house to keep it warm and cozy.
1. The Right Materials:
Hardwood and linoleum floors often become extremely cold in winter, so invest in rugs. Pick entryway carpets that can tolerate rough footwear and weather conditions. Your heavy winter boots will track in mud, snow, and ice, sometimes staining your clothing. The best rug materials for winter weather include polypropylene, polyester, and other robust synthetic fibers with absorbent ribs.
Hanging heavy curtains on windows reduces drafts by building a substantial physical barrier against the outside chilly winter air. Floor-to-ceiling drapes are the best curtains for the winter because they offer excellent thermal insulation to save fragile flooring, mainly hardwood. Vertical design elements also fill up vacant wall space and emphasize the clean windows in small areas, making them appear bigger and more opulent.
2. Thermal Insulation Decorative Boards
You can easily fix thermal insulation decorative boards on your wall by pasting them. They come in multiple designs and materials, like metal, cork, and plastic, and can elevate your house’s look if used correctly. The insulating layer they provide will keep heat from escaping your house in winter and entering your house in summer, letting you save on electricity bills and make your house efficient.
3. Door Sweeps
Chilly air will seep underneath your exterior doors and increase your heating system’s workload. You can prevent the air from entering by installing a draft-preventing nylon door sweep along the inside bottom edge of the door. If you’re using your garage as a living space or a studio, rubber garage door gaskets fastened with one-inch galvanized roofing nails can help you keep those chilly drafts out.
4. Floorboard Fillers
The little holes between your floorboards can let a lot of cold air in. To stop draughts from entering through the cracks, apply a floorboard gap filler to fill the gaps. This is a rubber-like substance that is simply pushed between the boards. It also makes floors look more polished and stops dust from collecting inside the little pits and holes in the floor.
5. Reverse Your Ceiling Fan Blades
Your house may not get warm despite having the heating system on because of a lack of circulation of warm air. Rotate your ceiling fan blades clockwise to push the warm air into the room. This will keep your room warm without ruining its look and design.
6. Install an Electric Snow-Melting System
Snow that’s piled up on your driveway can ruin the look of your home by hiding its architecture or burying your car. If you use de-icing salt, you can end up with deteriorating paint and cracks in your driveway. Installing a snow melting system through experts like Heavenly Heat is one of the best ways to get rid of the snow, while also saving you time and costs from damage.
EndnoteAdding these upgrades to your house will make your house can reduce your energy expenses, keep you warm, and prevent winter damage. Get insulating fabrics and boards, cover the gaps under your doors and in your floors, and invest in the right tech to ensure your house remains cozy this winter.
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