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Winter is in full gear now. You expect to feel the cold on your cheeks when you go outside. However, it's not something you expect when you're inside your home. If you're feeling a chill in the air from inside your home, it's time to add some weatherization. Taking a few steps to weatherize your home will keep you warm in the winter and reduce your heating costs. Here are three methods you can use to keep your home warm in the winter.
Replace Your Doors and Windows
If it's been a while since your home had new doors and windows, it's time to replace them. This is particularly true if they're beginning to show signs of aging. Replacing your doors and windows will help keep the cold air outside where it belongs. Not sure how to tell if you need to replace your doors and windows? Here are some quick ways to identify potential problems.
Look at your exterior-facing doors. If you see cracks in them, it's time to get replacements. If you're not sure whether you're seeing cracks, head outside and close the door. With the door closed, look at it closely. If you can see light coming from the closed door, your door needs to be replaced.
To determine whether your windows need replacing do the "look and feel" test. First, look at the glass. If your dual-pane windows have a fog between the two sheets of glass, the seal has been broken. Now, place your hand near the frame. If you can feel cold air coming through on your hand, there's no longer a tight fit between the window frame and your home. If you notice any of these problems, it's time to get replacement windows.
Update Your Insulation
If you think your insulation should last forever, you're mistaken. Over time, the insulation in your home can wear out. When that happens, your home will no longer be as energy-efficient as it should. To make sure your warm air stays in your home this winter, add a new layer of insulation in your attic.
Install a Humidifier
If you want to keep your home a few degrees warmer without turning the thermostat up, use a humidifier. Running a humidifier in your home during the winter will keep you warmer. If a whole-house humidifier isn't in your budget, bring a couple of portable units in.
Winter is finally here. If the cold temperatures have followed you indoors, it's time to do some weatherization. Use the suggestions provided here to keep your home warm this winter.