Winterize your home to ensure that your house is heated properly.
As the end of the year looms closer, so does the ever dreaded chill of winter. The temperature is already dropping low. Hats, scarves, and gloves are pulled out of their old hiding places. But what will you do to keep your house nice and warm? While you were off basking in the sun this summer, your house was not on vacation. When you think about it, your home works year round to protect and house you and your family. Sun, wind and rain can cause  damage over time. With winter approaching you want your house to be prepared for the harsh snow and ice that is coming its way. As the temperatures drop, your home can suffer from the winter blues if you do not prepare it.

Winterizing and inspecting your home will help you eliminate some key problems before they become terrible mid-winter surprises.  Here are a few tips and tricks to keeping your home happy with heat.

Cleaning your gutters should be the first action on your winterizing checklist. This should not be overlooked. Ensuring that water can flow freely through your gutters now, will help prevent icicles and ice dams from forming later on in the winter. This should not cost anything, making it an easy solution.

Another cost free way to prepare for winter is to flush your water heater. Various particles and sediments can get caught and collect over time in the bottom of your water heater which will in time hinder the unit’s ability to run smoothly. Flush the water through the drain valve, clearing out any material. This will keep your heater running at its very best while keeping your home and family extremely warm.

Check your sofa to see if it is in need of any repairs. Reupholster your old couch to keep it warm and cozy for the winter. There is nothing more uncomfortable than trying to get comfortable and warm on a sofa that is breaking at the seams. Or work with a professional to create a custom couch slipcover for your favorite family sofa. This will allow you to show off some sensational winter style while providing an extra layer of warmth while sitting on the couch.

Alter your ceiling fans so they move in a clockwise direction. This allows them to push the hot air along the ceiling and towards the floor, which in turn warms up the house even faster. Do not waste heat by allowing it to run out of your house. Inspect your home with a careful eye. Make sure that there are no large gaping areas in your house where heat can easily escape. Spend your winterizing budget on necessary home repair items like draft guards, window insulation film, weatherstrip tape, and fiberglass insulation to ensure that every crack that a breeze can roam through (and heat can escape from) is firmly covered. These quick fixes will keep the heat in, which will keep your house warm and your heating bill at a reasonable price.