Another Minnesota winter is underway, and it’s time to prepare your home for cold weather! Not sure where to start? No problem! Use the five tips below to keep your home warm and comfortable during this chilly season.
Install Heated Floors
If you hate the feel of cold tile or hardwood, heated floors probably sound like a dream come true. But they do more than keep your toes warm! Heated floors are an efficient way to heat a room and the floor uniformly. They can also increase the value of your home, which is a plus if you plan to sell in the future!
Finish Your Garage
Have an unfinished garage? It might be time to change that! An unfinished attached garage is a big source of heat loss in the colder months. Adding insulation and sheetrock helps your home retain heat, which means your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard.
Switch to Natural Gas
Switching to natural gas is a great way to keep your home warm and save on utility bills. While electric furnaces are more thermally efficient, those that run on natural gas tend to be more efficient overall. It’s also more convenient than other fuel sources, such as propane or oil, because it doesn’t need to be refilled, and furnaces are easier to repair and maintain.
Install Energy Efficient Windows
If your home has old, outdated windows, they could be allowing heat to escape. Upgrading your windows offers better insulation, enabling them to keep your home comfortable during the winter and the summer. Since your home can better regulate internal temperatures, you won’t have to rely as much on your heating and cooling system.
Last but not least, take some time to weatherproof windows and doors to prevent drafts. Inspect door jambs and window frames for cracks or gaps that allow cold air to seep into the home. Then use weatherstripping or caulk to seal them.
Have a home upgrade you’d like to tackle this winter? Get in touch with our team to find out how we can help!
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