Learn simple ways to winterize a home with these simple and inexpensive tips that will make a big difference in how organized you are and how warm your home feels all winter long.
Also, know about draft proofing house during winters, to stay cozy.
Winter is just around the corner!
As you shift from spending a lot of time outdoors to spending lots of time spent indoors, it’s important to take a little time to get organized and seal up the house to keep those drafts out.
Bonus: By sealing up those drafty areas, not only will your home feel warmer, but your heating bills will be less expensive.
Staying warm and snug is important as you try to occupy the kids. We’ve put together a handy list of things you need to do to get your house ready before that first snowstorm hits.
So, sit down with a cup of hot chocolate, and check it out!
How to Winterize a Home to Get it Ready for Winter
Winterizing a home can sound daunting. However, it’s really just a matter of completing a few simple and inexpensive maintenance tasks.
For today’s post, I’ve collected 15 helpful tasks you can do to make winter easier for you. From getting organized so you can find what you need (and keep the house a little cleaner), to sealing drafty areas of the house, use these tips to make your home more comfortable this winter.
Bubble Wrap the Windows | Build it Solar
For quick and easy window winter-proofing, apply bubble wrap to your windows using only water. The bubble side should be in toward the windows.
Use Cookie Spray | AccuWeather
Make snow shoveling easier (yes, really!) by spraying it with cooking spray or rubbing it with paraffin wax before use. I know, it sounds a little crazy, but it really works!
Reverse Your Ceiling Fan | The DIY Village
Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan. It’s a simple thing that will make a big difference in the winter. Since hot air rises, reversing the fan helps bring it back down from the ceiling.
Use a Reflective Sheet | Heat Save
Radiators are often situated right against an outer wall of the house – right where it’s the coldest. The fact that it can be a major source of heat loss is true but a little ironic. 🙂
Get more out of your radiator by putting a reflective sheet behind it. It reflects heat back into the room and reduces heat loss.
Clean the Gutters | Bob Vila
Cleaning the gutters may not be fun, but it’s necessary to get them cleared out before the rain and snow season.
Snow and ice can get trapped by the leaves and the extra weight can create overhead hazards by causing the gutters to pull away from the house.
Build an Upside Down Fire | Household Hacker
If you don’t already know how to make one, you MUST learn how to build an upside-down fire. It lasts much longer than a traditional fire, so you’ll have less fuss with the fireplace. Check out the short video to learn how.
Winterize Your Window Air Conditioner | Do It Yourself
If you don’t take your window unit air conditioners down for the winter, turn off the air vents and cover them up to keep cold air from blowing through the unit.
This one simple and easy task can make a big difference in how chilly your home feels this winter.
Fill the Gaps Under the Door | Instructables
Pipe insulation can prevent those cold drafts from coming up under the door. Frugal tip: pool noodles can do the same thing – I love that!
Organization for Your Winter Accessories | A Thoughtful Place
How does hanging a shoe organizer in your entryway help winterize a home? You’ll be able to quickly find anything and everything you need (scarves, hats, mittens, etc) on the way out the door in the cold.
Related Post: Grab more shoe organizer ideas!
Boot Drying Station | Dollar Store Crafts
Don’t track in ice and snow on your boots with this trick to winterize your home. Make a boot drying station for just a few bucks.
It’s a very simple idea that’s extremely chic and effective for keeping all the muddy mess that boots track in contained.
Be Prepared to Start a Fire | Hobbies on a Budget
If you have a real wood-burning fireplace, trying to start a fire without firestarters can be a real pain. And who has time to get stocked up?
Start saving toilet paper tubes and dryer lint now to make your own firestarters. They’re easy to make, cheap, and work like a charm so that you’re never without a firestarter again!
Start Fires with Orange Peels | Apartment Therapy
Not keen on saving lint? Try orange peels (or any citrus fruit peels) instead. Hey, at least they smell good! I had no idea you could do this – I’m totally trying it out!
Weatherproof Windows | Woman’s Day
Light a candle, and move it around your windows to detect drafts. Seal them up with caulk or foam sealant. It’s much easier than it may sound, and it’ll make such a big difference.
Use a Checklist | Wholefully
It can be hard to know exactly how to winterize a home. Print out a good winterizing checklist to make sure your home is ready for the cold temperatures, snow, and ice.
Since it covers everything inside and outside the home, you won’t forget any job and be well prepared for winter this year.
Insulate Outlets and Switches | Family Handyman
Insulate outlets and switches to reduce energy loss. You’d be surprised at the amount of cold air that comes through those tiny spaces, especially in older homes.
There you go! I hope that these 15 simple tips to winterize a home help you feel more prepared.
With these simple tips for winterizing and organizing your home for winter, you’ll be ready for the cold months ahead.