With temperatures dropping drastically here in Kentucky, there’s not much work that can be done outdoors this time of the year but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do around the house. Below, we’ve shared a list of five home improvements that can be done during the winter months, courtesy of HarryHelmet.com.
- Tend to your gutters and roof: Choose a day there isn’t any or much snow or ice accumulation on your roof and install a heated cable system under the first few rows of your shingles. The electric-powered heated cables will help melt snow or ice to prevent dams or packs of snow from forming. You can also mount gutter guards to stop debris from clogging them up and contributing to ice dams.
- Insulate or fix plumbing and pipes: Make sure all exterior pipes and spigots are wrapped with foam insulation when temperatures are expected to drop below freezing. It’s also a good idea to go ahead and shut off the water valves that feed them. Also, don’t forget about interior pipes in basements, attics, and crawl spaces which can also freeze up.
- Seal up openings: Seal around windows and doors with caulk, waterproof sealant, or weather-stripping. Inspect places where pipes enter and exit your home and seal them as well. Seal any openings around vents and make sure air isn’t seeping through cracks around interior and exterior light fixtures.
- Insulate attics and crawl spaces: Make sure your attic is protected by at least 16 inches of R-49 insulation to prevent warm air from escaping. Do the same for crawl spaces and basement ceilings as well. Use metallic foil or duct tape to seal HVAC ducts.
- Put in a programmable thermostat: Install a programmable thermostat to call for more heat during the morning and evening and less for those times you’re away from the house to save on winter utility bills.
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