Winter is coming, and if you’re living in a part of the country that actually gets the full winter wonderland treatment — with snow in the gutters and ice on the road — you’ve likely started thinking about ways to winterize your home over the coming months (and if not, now would be the time to start).
While most San Diego home loan owners don’t even think about what to do if they find a pile of snow in their driveway one morning, many other residents across the country — heck, even those still in California only a couple hours drive out of SD into the mountains — do have to make preparations for the next few months, so we’ve put together a helpful tip list of the top improvements for your home during the winter season.
Many homes now already come with double-pane windows, but if you’re living in an area that gets regular snowfall for the next few months, you may want to consider upgrading to triple-pane windows, if you haven’t already. Sure, the cost might be a little much if you’ve got a larger home with lots of windows that need proofing, but you’ll more than make up for that on what you’ll save in monthly electricity bills from running the heat 24/7.
On those days when it feels like a blizzard is raging outside, any and every tiny air leak in your home is going to invite that bitter cold in to bite every inch of you not covered under layers of blankets. If there are times when it seems like you can’t heat up your home no matter how much you blast the heater, you might want to start looking around for air leaks — or call a professional to do the job for you — and seal every one you find. Most professionals who air-seal homes for the winter agree that the best place to start is sealing the attic floor to prevent hot air from rising out of the house and being replaced with cold air.
Improving your home’s central heating and cooling systems can be an expensive endeavor, but it’s certainly a smart one if your home is one of the older ones on the block. This might be one of those times where you should consider taking out a home equity loan to help finance the repairs if your equipment is really out of date and requires extra work to fix, but again, the cost you’ll save on energy will help in the long run, as will having a new heating/cooling system should you ever decide to sell.
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