As they say on the popular TV show Game of Thrones, winter is coming. Before the snow falls and the freezing temperatures begin, tackle these seven DIY projects to winterize your home and prepare for the colder season.
1. Clean the gutters
In the fall, leaves and other debris often fill up gutters, causing them to become clogged. Prevent your home from becoming damaged by regularly inspecting and cleaning your gutters this season.
2. Put away your outdoor furniture
You can still enjoy your outdoor patio in the fall, but pay attention to the changes in temperature and the weather forecast. Storing your furniture and outdoor decor before winter will keep them protected from the elements.
4. Install storm doors and windows
Storm doors and windows are another way to cut down on utility costs, as they are designed to seal drafts and keep your home warm.
If you love the idea of snuggling up next to a fireplace in the winter, create a cozy home now with an electric fireplace in the living room or bedroom.
6. Update insulation
Some insulation projects like weather stripping and covering windows with plastic are very simple. Determine areas in your home where insulation can be improved (such as windows, floors, attics, etc.) and start this project earlier to reduce utility costs in the winter.
This isn’t exactly a project, but I think it’s a good tip to keep in mind during colder seasons. Running your ceiling fan in reverse helps to create a warm breeze, allowing you to turn down the heat and save money.
Is your home ready for winter? Start preparing your home for the upcoming season now by tackling these DIY projects.