With all this talk of home improvements for the Winter, it can be hard to know exactly where to start. There are dozens of home improvements recommended to protect your home from the harshness of Winter, pieces of maintenance that might have gone overlooked, and even projects that are better done during Winter – but we can’t do it all, so what to focus on first?
That’s what we’re here to clarify today. Once you’ve gotten the basics of preparing your home for the Winter, these are projects you can focus on!
“Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. – Maya Angelou
Regrout bathroom tiles
Bathrooms are prone to mold and mildew growth during the winter because of poor air circulation. Excessive humidity for long periods of time makes a perfect home for mold and bacteria to grow, and both of those can grow in grouts.
Ventilating your bathroom is always a good idea, but even then, maybe your bathroom grout is getting yellow from some time without maintenance. Now is the perfect time to access the situation!
As an added bonus, refinishing and regrouting is an easy way to revamp your bathroom without a full remodel!
Improve attic insulation
Insulation is crucial during the winter regardless, as it keeps your home warm and saves a ton of energy, but the attic insulation is especially important.
Old or poorly made insulation could result in your home feeling cold and struggling to stay warm for long, which means more energy consumption and money spent. Make sure your attic insulation is good before anything else!
Maintain hardwood floors
Hardwood floors suffer during the winter because we stay mostly indoors, so heavy traffic areas become even more apparent.
However, minor scratches can be easily remedied by DIY methods, as long as you’re quick to do so before they get worse. In case you notice deeper and more prominent scratches, it might be worth calling a professional.
But for minor scratches, a DIY solution of apple cider, vinegar and olive oil goes a long way!
Give your carpets some love
Carpets are excellent in bringing a room together and creating distinct zones inside a single room, but during the winter they can often go neglected. Your carpets need regular cleaning too, as they can house dust, bacteria and small pests.
Upgrade your garage door
Being closer to the cold outside, your garage door can suffer some serious strain during the winter. It might be worth considering upgrading to a newer, more resistant model – or at the very least, providing some maintenance like repainting and making sure it’s gears are working fine. In the case of a garage door that opens via remote, for example, you don’t want to get home and find it getting stuck because something froze.
Time for indoor painting
As you can imagine, painting the outdoors portion of your home is not easy during the winter, which is why most homeowners avoid it.
But painting rooms indoors is actually a nice idea – you can upgrade the look of a smaller room even with a tight budget and make your winter indoor stay that much more pleasant.
A ceiling fan goes a long way
Despite not providing any heat by itself, a ceiling fan turning clockwise will naturally pull cool air that sits at ground level upwards, which forces warm air downwards where you are. And better yet, you can achieve this even with a low setting that is essentially silent and with very low energy consumption.
It’s a cheap and easy way to help a room stay warm for longer!
Need to know more about your heating system for the winter? Call a heating professional from your area and get free quotes today!