Home Prepper Keeping Your Homestead Warm in the Winter and Cool in the Summer

Keeping Your Homestead Warm in the Winter and Cool in the Summer

by Anthony
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It is essential to keep a homestead warm during the winter, and cool during the summer. So, homeowners must plan ahead. Consider these techniques for maintaining a building’s climate throughout the year.

Technique 1: Cleaning a Building’s Ductwork

The ductwork in a home can contain a lot of debris, including cobwebs, household dust and pet hair. This debris can prevent the proper flow of climate-controlled air during the summer or the winter. Make sure to remove the vent covers from a building’s air ducts to remove the debris that is easy to see. It is possible to rent equipment to clean a home’s venting system, but there are also professional technicians who can perform this job.

Technique 2: Filling Holes and Crevices

The tiny holes that are located in a building’s siding or the crevices in a building’s foundation can lead to a loss of climate-controlled air. Fortunately, it is easy to repair these problems with liquid caulking that will dry and fill the openings. Homestead owners can also mix cement to fill large holes that are in the foundation of a building.

Technique 3: Repairing a Home’s Rooftop

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Heat rises in a home, so if there are problems with a building’s rooftop, then there is a loss of heated or cooled air. Check a home’s roofing system by climbing on an extension ladder, making sure to avoid any utility lines. Look at the shingles, eaves, and other components of the roof to find any problems that can lead to having drafts inside the building.

Technique 4: Installation of Double-pane Windows

When a home has old-fashioned single-pane windows, it is difficult to maintain the building’s climate. The installation of double-pane windows can keep a home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. These types of windows will also require new window frames that prevent drafts around the items.

Technique 5: Add Insulation to a Home

Adding fiberglass insulation to a home is one of the best ways to keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. We recommend installing insulation in attics or in basements. If a home has a garage, then insulating it can also keep a home warmer or cooler.

Technique 6: Cleaning an Air Conditioner or a Furnace

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We recommend cleaning a home’s furnace or air conditioner once a month to remove debris that can filter into a building through the air ducts. Turn off the equipment before cleaning the components of the climate-control devices with a soft cloth. Make sure to change the air filters in the equipment to keep a home cleaner along with ensuring that the cool or warm air circulates optimally.

Technique 7: Install Smart Thermostats

With modern and smart thermostats, we can keep the most important areas of a home warm or cool, depending on the season. It is also possible to monitor the heating and cooling systems when we aren’t at home during the day or the evening. A homeowner can also have the smart thermostat change the temperature levels at night while we are sleeping under blankets.

Technique 8: Draperies and Window Blinds

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Homeowners may neglect the importance of draperies or window blinds for keeping a home cool or warm, but these window coverings are imperative for a home. During the winter, thick fabric draperies or insulating window blinds can keep a room warmer. However, in the summer, a homesteader can switch to lighter weight curtains that permit the flow of air from an open window.

Technique 9: Carpeting and Rugs

With rugs and carpeting, a homeowner will have warmer floors throughout the winter. Look for insulating carpets and rugs that are comfortable to walk on. For additional warmth, place padding underneath the carpets or rugs.

Technique 10: Installation of Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans can keep a home ventilated during the summer, but the devices also help with the circulation of the warm air during the winter. Contact an expert to learn how to install these devices strategically in a home to maintain a building’s climate control.

Technique 11: Clean Fireplaces and Chimneys

When a home has fireplaces and chimneys, it is vital to clean and maintain the items for optimal performance. This includes removing the debris from the items with the proper equipment or contacting a professional chimney sweep to complete the process.

Technique 12: New Exterior Doors

The installation of new exterior doors that are made from modern materials can keep a home cooler or warmer. When technicians install these new doors, a property owner will also have new doorframes, and the doors will fit properly without any gaps around the items.

Make Changes throughout the Year

Don’t try to make all of the updates to a home in one week, but plan ahead to make changes throughout the year.

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