Make your home warm and cozy this winter with these 5 DIY fixes from MOLLY MAID Canada, your home cleaning expert. Easy to implement, these tricks really work!
DIY Tricks to Make Your Home Even Cozier this Winter
Natural gas prices have been on the rise this summer, and with cold weather on its way and EU sanctions against Russia, there’ll likely be more price hikes to come. While not good news, there are some things you can do to reduce the impact. Draft proofing (or draft exclusion) is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to cut energy costs in your home. The concept is really simple: stop cold air coming in and stop warm air from escaping so your heating system will need to do less work, thereby saving you money. These 5 DIY solutions tackle the areas most at risk.
If you have drafts around any of your windows and doors, head to your local hardware store for some weather stripping. Pressure-sensitive, adhesive-backed foam tape is probably the most common, most affordable, and easiest draft stripping to apply. It comes rolled and ready to go and will stop cold drafts on the spot!
If you have one of those mailbox slots as part of your front door, you’re at risk of heat loss. Some people swear by the bolt-on frames with brushes across the opening like the Draft Dodger, while others prefer a canvas mail catcher attached to the inside of the front door with heavy-duty velcro.
Not a new concept, but one that’s continually being improved in terms of design. If you have a drafty window or door, these little draft stoppers or snakes are a must-have in your home. Placed at the bottom of the door or window, these weighted fabric tubes help block out unwanted drafts, and they come in a variety of plain and whimsical options.
Close your chimney flue damper if you have one. Consider installing glass doors or buy a fireplace chimney balloon (aka fireplace plug or chimney pillow). This plastic balloon goes under the damper. Measure your fireplace to get one that’s the right size and follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
Another effective way to reduce draughts and retain heat in your home is to hang insulated curtains. The only drawback is that they need to be closed to be the most effective. So, in the evening. Luckily, this is when temperatures really dip. During the day, you’ll just have to rely on a little help from the sun!
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