It’s common for homeowners to believe home improvement projects should be completed by end of summer or fall. Realistically, there’s no deadline. You can take a few of them on during winter months (including the tasks that should have been completed during autumn but neglected to).
Here are five projects suitable for winter season.
Tend to Gutters and Roof
You may still have a chance to prevent ice dams and heavy snow on your roofs and in your gutters – even if it has already snowed.
Try to aim for a day with the least amount of snow accumulation on your roof, you can install a heated cable system below the first few rows of your shingles. Electric powered cables can help melt ice/snow to hinder dams or snowpack from accumulating again. Also – or as an alternative to cables, you can mount gutter guards atop your gutters to stop debris from blocking and contributing to ice dams.
Insulate/Fix Plumbing and Pipes
Go around your home and make sure all exterior pipes and spigots are sealed properly with foam insulation when temperatures are anticipated to reach below freezing. If spigots are not planned to be in use anytime soon, turn off the water valves that feed them. Let’s not neglect the interior pipes, exposed metal and copper in attics, basements, and crawl spaces can get cold to the point of freezing. The last thing you want during this season is a water leakage caused by burst pipes.
Seal Up Openings
Dozens of possible areas in your home that cold air seeps in and warm air escapes. To prevent this from happening further, begin sealing seams around windows and doors with caulk, waterproof sealant, or weatherstripping. (If old windows are leaking, consider replacing them with units that are more energy-efficient.) Inspect places where pipes access and exit your home, seal them as well. You will want to allow air-flow throughout the winter season, but don’t forget to seal openings around the vents themselves. Lastly, check to ensure air isn’t seeping through hidden cracks around both interior and exterior light fixtures.
Insulate Attics and Crawl Spaces
It is possible to have such thing as “too much” insulation, few homeowners do – and most of them don’t have close to enough. To keep warm air from escaping through the ceilings, be sure to protect your attic with a minimum 16 inches of R -49 insulation. Same goes for the small crawl spaces in basements ceilings too. Heating or air conditioning ducts may be sealed with metallic foil or duct tape. Favor building a special foam box to insulate a pull-down attic.
Put in A Programmable Thermostat
Imagine having a heater that programs on its own depending on the warmth or cold in your home? It’s a reality…. If you have a programmable thermostat. It’s a very easy and affordable DIY project. More than likely, the thermostat will pay for itself in energy savings in one or less winter season. As soon as it’s installed, program the thermostat to adjust according to the morning and evening temperature. Alter to call for less heat while at away at work, school, or away for the holidays. Another neat feature is some thermostats allow you to control from the comfort of your tablet or smartphone.