These helpful hacks will keep your home comfortable this winter
As another Okanagan winter approaches, now is the time to be prepared. Try these simple tips and hacks to help:
Without preventative maintenance, gutters can become a problem once the cold weather sets in. A build up of debris can result in poor drainage that leads to hazardous winter conditions. When melting snow refreezes to form an ice dam, the weight can strain your gutters, or water building up behind can get into your home and cause damage. Clear the gutters before the cold weather sets in, installing gutter guards to prevent future build-up.
Nothing exposes the flaws in your home like the frozen air of winter coming in. A thorough inspection of cracks and gaps is essential to remedy this problem. A good hack is to take a candle around your home on a windy day and watch the flame's movement as you hold it near windows and doors to detect drafts. Use caulk or weather stripping to seal these up to lower your heating bill and preserve your cozy home atmosphere. Taking time to upgrade/improve your insulation will also work wonders.
Dry air is one of the challenges of Okanagan winters and can wreak havoc on your skin and sinuses. One tip is to put on a pot of water on the stove on slow boil to act as an easy humidifier. You can spice it up by adding scents or essential oils to the water. Don't forget to set a time so that it doesn't boil dry and cause a fire hazard! You can also add moisture to the air by leaving your shower and bathroom doors open after you bathe to release all that steam into the air. Houseplants also help humidify as they constantly release moisture into the air.