Holiday Merriment: Winter DIY Tips for the New Year

by Alex ThatcherDecember 23, 2016

Winter Upgrades: Get Your Home Ready for the Season

As you prepare your home for the holiday season, it’s likely you’ve pinterest-ed, googled, and asked around for the best winter DIY tips. While most seasonal DIY tricks often focus on aesthetics, it’s important to strike a balance and consider practical DIY ideas to prepare your home for the cool season ahead.

This season, gift your home some much-needed TLC and practical attention. Check out some of our favorite DIY tips to learn how you can get your home ready for the new year.
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Keep Your Home Warm With DIY Insulation

Guard your home against winter’s chill with DIY insulation. By day, leave your south-facing windows uncovered by blinds and curtains to maximize your home’s solar gain. By night, cover all your windows with a thin insulating layer; the thicker the curtain, the better. This simple DIY trick makes a real difference in terms of keeping your home warm during the chilly season.

Concerned about aesthetics? Balance the practical need to keep your house warm with an attractive DIY solution: double up your curtains. Pair a soft off-white with another neutral tone to keep your interior space bright while adding insulation.

Be sure to hang your curtains as close as possible to the window as possible. Then, DIY the curtains by using magnetic tape to attach the fabric to the wall or window to ensure the best protection from outdoor temperatures. Pro tip: if you DIY the curtains, use a heavy, closed-weave fabric — you can reduce your heat loss by up to 25%.

Address Any Potential Leaks in Your Home

Another practical DIY project: scour your home and check all of the nooks and crannies for openings that could lead to leaks in your home. Check the chimney, pipe joints, space underneath a door or between closets, broken tiles, ceiling mounted light areas, or other small gaps that may escape the naked eye.

On closer inspection, you’ll start to identify leaks that need a little winter DIY aid. As soon as possible and before the full effect of winter sets in, inspect your house to mark any gaps that need to be sealed. Once identified, gather a plastic sheet and caulk to close any leaks. Weather stripping, too, will help you seal up cracks in your home that could cause undue cold to make its way inside this winter.
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Give Your Thermostat a DIY Tune-Up

Adjusting the temperature of your home while you’re both in and outside makes a substantial impact in saving you money, and protecting your home from bursting pipes! Fine-tune your thermostat by adjusting the temperature to be as low as possible, but still comfortable, while you are inside.

Overnight, and when you step out of the house, lower the thermostat to stay within 50 to 58°F. This way, you save a substantial chunk of change on your electricity bill. Ready to make your DIY change easy? Purchase a thermostat that you can preprogram. A programmable thermostat makes monitoring temperature change in your home simple and easy.

Rearrange Your Home Furniture

While it may seem simple (it is!), making a few minor changes to your furniture layout can go a long way in improving your home’s heat retention and heating bill costs during winter. To give you the best heat and financial gains, try these tips:

  • Add a rug to communal areas, such as the living room, to create an added sense of cozy
  • Bring seating arrangements towards the fireplace, and keep chairs and couches away from doors and windows
  • Avoid putting your couch near radiators, this will detract from your heat!

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Putting DIY to Use Against Winter’s Weather

With these DIY tips, your home will be well protected against winter’s chill. So start protecting you and your family from winter’s seasonal chill today!


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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging expert by day and a writer by night. She loves working in the home and interior design sphere, and is fascinated by what makes people light up when they walk into a room. When she isn't arranging flowers and making sure furniture looks appealing and cozy for prospective buyers, she loves to write about any and all things home and design related, from DIY to organization tips.

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