It’s around this time of year that I usually like to post about winterizing your home. Whether you live in an apartment, house, townhouse, mobile or any other dwelling, there usually are measures you can take to make your home more comfortable in the winter.
An added benefit is lower energy costs.
Related: See my old post on taking a quick energy audit in your home
I’m a little nervous about what our gas bill could be this winter. This is our first winter back in Indiana, and it’s the first one we’ve spent in a house. I’m going to go through each room and make a list of what I can do to make it more weathertight. Some adjustments should be a one-time deal (for example, installing foam outlet insulators behind the outlet plate), and others will need done each season.
Our fireplace area is a bit drafty. We’ve closed off the flue or damper or whatever it is, just by uh…closing it. But it’s still really chilly. I know I can get a large plastic window covering and put it over it, but I also want to look into other, more kid-friendly options. If we close it off with plastic, we won’t be able to use the fireplace during the winter. I imagine we’d like to use it every now and then. Ideas, anyone?
Next on my list are those foam outlet insulator things. I haven’t confirmed, but I don’t think they are already installed in our house yet. I’ll just do exterior walls. I don’t think it’s a substantial difference, but sealing every little leak does help in my opinion. We keep plastic outlet covers on unused outlets in part to keep children away, but also to help keep drafts out. Have you ever felt wind coming through an outlet on an exterior wall? I have!
Our garage door has a gap when it closes on the side. We need to get something to pad it to keep drafts and snow out, as well as critters trying to find a warmer spot to sleep.
We also would like to add insulation to our garage (though I”m not sure when we will take this project on.
We’re keeping our thermostat around 69, though that might change. I don’t like it too chilly, especially for the kids. We can turn it down a little at night. There’s a programmable thermostat installed but it’s a bit complicated to use, so we’re always overriding it. We’ll dress in cozy sweaters and slippers and maybe an indoor-type scarf for myself if I’m getting chilly. Drinking hot tea always warms me up, and if I need another boost we can run around the house.
What are you doing to stay warm this winter?