Winter might seem like the perfect time to stay inside and relax, but the truth is that winter really might be the best time to start on some home improvement projects. Whether you decide to tackle a few smaller tasks or take on a bigger project, here are a few home improvement projects that are perfect for the winter months.
Seal Up Cracks
While most homeowners spend between $5,000 and $10,000 improving their homes, this is a repair that won’t cost you much at all. As long as you have access to some caulk and maybe a little bit of spray foam insulation if you’re working with interior walls, this is a home improvement project that even a novice DIY-er can complete. First, you’ll need to look for areas in your home that need to be sealed up. Some of the most important places you need to look include:
- Window frames
One key feature to look out for is draftiness. If there’s a draft coming from a window when there shouldn’t be, it’s possible that a pane has come loose or that there’s a gap between the window frame and the wall. Once you’ve located the source of the draft, simply seal it up with caulk and wait for it to dry. Weatherstripping can also work in these cases. If you’re checking in the attic, it’s important to have some kind of insulation handy. Of course, you could definitely benefit from calling a roofing expert out to check on your insulation, too. If you’re feeling significant draftiness in your attic, it might be time to consider a new roof and new insulation entirely.
Take Care of Your Heating System
While this isn’t so much a one-time project as it is a recurring bit of maintenance you need to perform on a regular basis, winter is still the perfect time to tackle HVAC care. Since you’ll be using your heating system all winter long, it’s important to make sure it’s functioning properly and not becoming a fire hazard for your home. One of the simplest and most important pieces of HVAC maintenance you can perform in the winter is changing your filters. In fact, you might want to change these as often as once per month if:
- You own pets that shed
- You or a family member has allergies or asthma
- You live in an area that frequently experiences high winds
- You use a fireplace occasionally
- You live in an older house
While your home insurance, which typically costs about 0.5% of your home’s purchase price, will cover most damage, servicing your furnace is a simple task that can help you prevent damage to your home in the first place. If you’re not sure what kind of maintenance your heating system needs, it’s a good idea to call your HVAC technician for an initial diagnosis. Once that’s taken care of, you should be able to tackle most of the maintenance on your own.
If you’re one of the 90% of Americans who prefer to have a grassy lawn surrounding your house, you understand the importance of maintenance tasks around your home. And even during winter, there’s plenty to be done! These two projects can be a great starting point and can help keep your family safe and warm this winter.