In preparation for the weather getting cooler, it’s now the perfect time to start working on some winter projects around your home. Depending on where you live, the weather in the summer and winter months could be drastically different. Because of this, it’s important that you transition your home from keeping you cool in the summer to keeping you warm in the winter. So to help you accomplish this, here are three home improvement projects to prepare your home for winter.
Add Some Carpet
While the current trend may be to lose the carpeting in your home, if you’re thinking about upgrading or adding any new carpet throughout your property, now is the perfect time to take on this project. According to Heather Levin, a contributor to Money Crashers, threadbare carpets and solid floors often don’t keep you and your home as warm as padded carpeting will. So if you’re wanting to ensure that you don’t have to walk around on cold floors all winter long, you might want to plan on bringing some more carpeted areas into your home. Also, now is the best time to install new carpet because you want to be able to air out your home after new carpet has been laid. Because of this, the ideal time for new carpet is when the weather just begins to turn colder.
Install New Windows
Another great way you can keep your home well insulated throughout the winter is by installing new windows. If your windows aren’t energy efficient or have even tiny gaps around them, you could be spending more to heat or cool your home since that air can easily escape back outside. To stop this problem, Better Homes and Gardens recommends that you call in a professional to help you add more window panes, fill in any gaps, or upgrade the materials of your current windows. By doing this, you should be able to save money on your utility bills each month as well as feel more comfortable in your home, regardless of the season.
Clean Out Or Get A New Fireplace
As you prepare your home for keeping warm over the winter, one place you don’t want to neglect is your fireplace. If you don’t currently have one, you might want to consider adding one to your home this season. And if you do already have a fireplace, Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, a contributor to the Washington Post, suggests scheduling your yearly maintenance and cleaning as soon as possible so you can beat the winter rush of customers.
If you’re ready to start getting your home prepared for the coming winter, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you know which projects you should prioritize and how you can keep your home cozy when it’s cold.