Winter is here for the next few months—and those in regions where you swap out your beach towels for your winter coats, you know that serious preparation is needed. Especially for residents of Westchester, New York, drastic temperature drops can cause for high rises in heating costs.
If you haven’t done so already, make sure your residence and your wardrobe are up to par in the way of winterizing. You’d be surprised how much these tips can make a difference during the chilliest season.
For those of you who have older windows in historic homes, using a window insulation kit can be a great extra layer of protection. The window insulation comes with double tape and plenty of plastic that can create an air-tight seal. You’ll still get a clear enough view through your windows with the plastic, and this extra layer can even act as a second pane. For even more protection, add a layer of bubble wrap before the insulation kit.
Back to Basics
There’s a reason why winter is known as sweater season—take advantage of cozy knits and sweatshirts when indoors. Instead of always running to the thermostat, try dressing in warm layers first, and pile on the blankets in living rooms and bedrooms. If you still find yourself shivering, invest in a programmable thermostat. You can schedule it according to when people are most likely to be home—and save energy when they’re not. Buying a humidifier that blows out warm air is another great way to solve two problems with one solution—the humidifier helps with dry sinuses and the warm mist helps counter any lingering drafts.
Any draft that still might escape your window-proofing can be absorbed by thick rugs or drapes inside. Adding area rugs to small spaces can add a layer of insulation on top of the floor. Those lighter curtains that are perfect for the breezy, summer feeling of your rooms are best swapped out for heavier, sturdier curtains to help keep your rooms even warmer.
Your greatest source of heat can also be your worst enemy. Make sure your fireplace’s flue is always closed, and consider installing glass doors that act as a barrier to keep the cold from spreading out to the rest of the house. If you won’t be using the fireplace on a regular basis, consider buying chimney pillows—inflatable, plastic bags that stop warm air from escaping and cold air from entering.
Air Conditioning Units
If your home doesn’t have central air and you have a few in-wall air conditioning units, it may be helpful to seal out the drafts just like you would do with your windows. Buying a cover for these units is the first step, but wrapping plastic around it with double-sided tape that comes in your window insulation kit can help. After all, even covering the unit won’t create a tight seal that would block out the draft.
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