Getting your home ready for winter can help you feel more comfortable and save you money in the long run. Don’t suffer miserably through the winter season; winterproof your home and stay warm and toasty even when it’s cold outside. Here are a few things you can do:
Install a Bathtub that Retains Heat Well
Probably nothing is more dreadful than taking a cold bath or shower in the dead of winter. During the cold winter months, torturing yourself in a freezing bathroom is probably the last thing you want to do. But hygiene is still important, and there are days when you’ll want to get yourself clean without freezing to death. Invest in a bathtub that retains heat well so you won’t have to suffer through chilly bath water. For this, look no further than Badeloft, maker of high quality stone resin freestanding sinks and tubs.
High quality stone resin is lightweight yet extremely durable and retains heat impressively well, so you can enjoy longer warm baths. It also features a natural and refined look compared to other common bathtub materials. Badeloft’s bathtubs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you can find one that fits your bathroom perfectly. When it comes to high quality tubs, Badeloft is as synonymous to freestanding bathtubs as BossTek is to dust and odor suppression.
Protect Your Patio and Porch
Cover any aluminum outdoor furniture and grills you may have, as it has the potential to rust when left outside during the winter, even if it is painted. If you can bring them inside or put them in a storage shed during the cold season, so much the better. While you’re outside, make sure to drain your garden hoses and put them away in a warm place. Leftover water can freeze and cause holes in the material.
Lastly, if you stock up on firewood outside, keep them from getting too damp to burn by covering the pile with a tarp and securing it with rope.
Fill in the Gaps
Seal gaps in your foundation, walls and around windows and doors by investing in foam and caulk. This will prevent chilly air and small rodents from coming inside. A little investment and effort will keep your home nice and toasty and draft-free despite the freezing weather.
Adding insulation is probably one of the best investments you can make to winterproof your home. It not only keeps drafts out, but it also helps to reduce heating costs and noise. Hire an insulation professional to assess your home and let you know where you need additional insulation. You should at least have it installed in your attic and basement and around your pipes.
There are several different insulation options, and they vary in cost. Consider each option carefully depending on your needs, budget and how long they will last.
Winter proofing your home is one of the more practical and sensible home upgrades you can make this year. Try these tips out, and you’ll be amazed at how much comfortable your home feels, and you might be surprised at how much money you can save on energy costs as well.
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