It's no secret that the winters are cold in Vermont. The cold makes way for the snow, and a winter wonderland is born. Children enjoy snow days off from school, making snow angels and scarfed snowmen with carrot top noses. Hot cocoa with marshmallows and whipped cream sit unassumingly near the fireplace. Snowy winters are all well and good for the children in your life, but this same beautiful natural occurrence can wreak havoc on a home if you don't take the necessary precautions. Before that happens, check out these tips to keep your home toasty and warm, and your heating costs low.
Seal your Windows and Doors
There are many ways to weatherize your home, but caulking and weatherstrips can be a great way to protect your home from air leaks that seep in through small cracks and openings. Maintain the durability and longevity of your home by sealing these gaps. These are apparent in doors and windows, and also where plumbing, ducting, and electrical wiring comes through walls, floors, and ceilings.
Insulation is the Key
There are several different areas of your home that require insulation. Your attic is a prime example. Since heat rises, you don't want it to hang out in your home's upper levels without heating the lower levels. You can use do it yourself foam insulation sprays for smaller cracks and gaps. Remember, proper ventilation is needed, so don't limit airflow by closing off vents without consultation. Renovated basements are also on the list of areas that should be insulated. If you use your garage as a man cave or workspace, you might consider insulation.
A Plan of Action
Be prepared for the unexpected. Create a disaster plan ahead of time if you are in an area of unpredictable weather. Stock emergency supplies, and be sure not to forget to install a carbon monoxide detector as well as a smoke detector. Keep important papers safe and have property insurance papers handy. Only heat rooms that you use and spend time in each day. Close off unused areas of the house. Have an emergency plan of somewhere you can go should you lose heat. Think about joining a Community Emergency Response Team in your area.
Take Care of your House
Your house is more than a place; it's a home. It will last longer if you take the necessary precautions to update and winterize your home each year. If you are in the market for a new home or are looking to sell, please visit New England Landmark Realty for all of your home buying and selling needs.