Housewarming Ideas: Inexpensive Ways to Keep Out the Cold

In the winter, especially here in Warsaw, you need to make sure your house is staying warm. Unfortunately, cold air can easily seep into the house when you open and close doors. It will find the smallest cracks and crevices to slowly creep into, keeping your home cold and uncomfortable. Here’s the good news – you can keep your house warm all winter long by completing a few simple, inexpensive tasks.

Windows

An easy thing you can do is to make sure all sash locks on your windows are securely clamped. Along with locking your windows, you can temporarily caulk and seal them until you open them in the Spring.

Chimney

If you don’t use your fireplace in the winter, it may be a good idea to purchase a chimney balloon. Chimney balloons are fairly inexpensive and are an easy way to prevent cold air from entering the house.

Exterior Doors

Door sweeps and weather-stripping are both quick, easy, and cheap solutions to keep the cold air out and the warm air in. Door sweeps are installed at the bottom of the door while weather-stripping is used along the sides of the door and door jambs.

Curtains

If you don’t have curtains installed in your home, you may want to reconsider. While opening your curtains and blinds can let in the heat from the sunlight, closing your curtains at night will trap the heat inside.

Pro tip: Install thick curtains with a thermal lining to allow for even more heat to be confined.

Floors

For all of you ladies looking for an excuse to buy a new rug, we’ve got a good one for you! Did you know rugs, especially thick rugs, provide insulation? If you have a room that needs a pop of color or texture, throw a rug down! It will be both aesthetically pleasing and cost-efficient as bare floors can be a big source of heat loss.

Interior Doors

Just like exterior doors, interior doors can also have an effect on your home’s heat. If you have rooms in your house that are rarely used, close those doors at night. The best part about this tip? It’s free!

Do You Think You Have Other Issues That Need To Be Addressed?

If these tips don’t help you keep out the cold, you may have other issues present. In older homes, particularly, windows, doors, and cracks on the outside of the house can correlate with heating problems. If you’re looking to purchase a newer home, please let us help! Give us a call today at 574-527-1700 or email us at Kim@homeswarsaw.com and let us know how we can help you.