When there’s a cold draft coming through a warm home, everyone can feel it. The most common place for cold air to come into a house is the space below the door. At times, cold air can also come from light switches and lighting located on outside walls. Normally, there is a piece of weather stripping or something similar to prevent airflow, but these can rot away over time and allow cold air back in. If this happens during the cold winter and it can’t be replaced, try using a door snake instead. They can be bought at many hardware and home supply stores, or homeowners can even make them on their own without too much effort.
2. Replace Furnace Filters Regularly
One of the worst things that can happen during the cold winter is for the home’s furnace to stop working. Before winter comes, homeowners can always have their furnace inspected by a professional to make sure everything is in working order, but another way to help ensure that it keeps working properly is simply by changing the filter regularly. If a homeowner neglects to change their furnace filter, it puts a lot of strain on the furnace itself and can lead to it breaking down. Most filters need to be changed every 3-4 months, but it can vary depending on the type of filter the furnace requires, so make sure to check which kind it uses and replace it accordingly.
3. Protect Water Pipes From Bursting
Next to a home’s furnace breaking down, pipes bursting in a home is also one of the worst things that can happen in a home during the winter. When it gets too cold, water can freeze in pipes, and the expanding ice can cause those pipes to burst. Fortunately, there’s a few different ways homeowners can help prevent this:
- For pipes that are in a cupboard like the kitchen sink, open the door so warm air can circulate through.
- Turn on the faucet and let water trickle throughout the winter. Water has a higher chance of freezing when it’s still, so the movement caused by a trickling tap can help keep it from freezing.
- Wrap foam sheets around pipes to insulate them. This can be a good strategy for outdoor pipes or pipes in basements.
Opening cupboard doors or letting faucets trickle are both very easy ways to help prevent pipes from bursting during the cold winter, and the hardest part about using these strategies is not forgetting to turn off the faucet or close the cupboard doors.
4. Run Ceiling Fans in Reverse
Most ceiling fans have a switch or something similar that allows homeowners to change the direction that the blades move. In one direction, it makes the room cooler, and in the other, it makes the room warmer. Turning ceiling fans on in the winter can be an easy way to help keep a room warm without having to resort to turning up the furnace or relying on space heaters, so all homeowners who have ceiling fans in their home should keep this in mind.
Winterizing a Mount Juliet home consists of a lot of small chores that add up to create a big impact, and using the strategies on this list can help protect a home and the people living within it during the cold winter months.