Top 5 Home Upgrades for the Winter
Winter is the coldest season of the year, and most places will record freezing temperatures. It is a season associated with lots of rain, snow, and ice, and this means your house has to be arranged appropriately and renovated to keep your loved ones warm. Here are five home upgrade ideas that will make your home more habitable, lively, and warm this winter and still make your home look modern.
Upgrade Your Insulation
Proper insulation systems are essential during the winter. Insulating your home for the winter will not only keep your house warm but will also help reduce your energy bills significantly by reducing heat loss. Insulation will keep your house warm by reducing the loss of warm air through leaking to the outdoors. As the winter approaches, you have to ensure that your furnaces and insulators are in good condition. The main insulation upgrades for this winter include spray foam insulation that seals leaks and cracks between walls and foam board insulation. The winter also presents the best time to inspect the HVAC system and get a new one to ensure you get the best air quality during the winter. Besides this, you may also consider sealing any cracks in the walls and ceiling and getting warm and heavy curtains for your windows.
Work On Your Drainage
Winter has the potential to damage your drainage system. Before the winter, you can upgrade your piping system using copper and PVC pipes that do not corrode easily. Ice may accumulate on your roof and gutters during the winter and later melt and leak into your house. As the winter sets in, you must contact a professional to install new gutters and repair damaged pipes. In the winter, low temperatures will cause water to freeze in your pipes, eventually causing your pipes to burst. This makes it very crucial for you to make that you are using strong and durable pipes. Besides this, when ice collects inside your pipes, the ice may cause clogs to form in your pipes, reducing the pressure of water in your home.
If you have noticed that water collects at specific points of your home’s basement during the rainy days, it would be best to upgrade to French drains that will direct this water away and avoid structural damages arising from ice and water stagnation. French drains also provide an excellent solution to emptying water pools, channeling water on your lawns, and preventing water from flooding in your compound.
Upgrade To Modern Infrared Sauna
The infrared sauna uses light to keep you warm, especially at this time of the year when it is the coldest. Besides keeping you warm, the infrared saunas also come with health benefits such as relieving inflammation in blood vessels, reducing stress, improving your skin condition, and helping in weight loss. Unlike the traditional saunas, which keep you warm from the outside, the new home infrared saunas make use of light to keep you warm from within. This means that much light penetrates beneath your skin, resulting in an improved release of toxins from your body and improved metabolism. The infrared sauna has heat lamps and infrared heaters responsible for raising your body temperature strategically positioned inside the sauna. Moreover, you can now get a sauna that suits your preferences and at the same time rhymes with your house.
Upgrade To White Light This Winter
During the winter, nights tend to be longer and darker, and you must devise stratagems to keep your home warm and well-lit. White light, commonly referred to as soft light, offers the best solution in keeping your home brighter this winter. The white light will keep all your items visible and prevent the many accidents in homes as they stumble over objects. The intensity of the light produced by your bulb is influenced by the season in play. Most bulbs tend to brighten during the warm season and dim as it becomes cooler.
It is best to upgrade to the cold season bulbs that have higher lumens that will enable them to produce higher intensities of light. Moreover, you can install adjustable-multicolor bulbs that will increase their lumens depending on your home’s temperature.
Install a Smoke Detector
A lot of fire accidents occur during the winter, given the fact that most people are indoors. Therefore, we must take the necessary precautions to keep ourselves safe from fire and carbon monoxide emissions during the winter. One of the ways to keep ourselves safe is by installing a smoke detector and ensuring it is functional. Smoke detectors will identify any signs of fire and send signals to homeowners and thus prevent fire accidents.
In the sections above, you will find some of the trending home upgrade ideas for this winter that will help keep your home warm, clean, and presentable.
About The Author: Regina Thomas is a Southern California native who spends her time as a freelance writer and loves cooking at home when she can find the time. Regina loves reading, music, hanging with her friends and family along with her Golden Retriever, Sadie. She loves adventure and living every day to the fullest.
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