The arrival of the cold season brings with it a need to protect your home from the outside in. Now is the time to get a head start so that your home is prepared. Your home is a significant investment, and the harsh winter weather could bring with it costly repairs and damage if you’re not prepared.
Regular, seasonal maintenance ensures that your home is in its best shape to keep the winter chill out and your family safe and warm. Read on for our top home maintenance tips to make sure your home is winter ready and look for pro tips to find out where technology can lend a helping hand.
The cold, winter months bring with it evenings that turn to night much sooner. Make sure you are able to see clearly when you arrive home from work by installing smart lights outdoors that are set to turn on and off based on the time of day. That way, they are on when you need them most, keeping you or your loved ones safe if you are out past sundown. You may also consider installing lights with motion sensors, that can also scare away any unwanted guests that try to approach your property.
Regulate indoor temperatures without driving up electricity costs with a smart thermostat. There are many affordable options on the market, and they will allow you to control the temperature conveniently through an app on your phone. You can also monitor temperature conditions while away, and see how your energy usage varies seasonally. This can also be a great way to manage your electricity bill.
If you have people in your household that tend to be cold natured, winter is the best time to bring out that heated blanket for a direct source of warmth, especially without messing with the thermostat too much, which can cause your electricity bill to skyrocket. You can also try a space heater to make cooler rooms in the house much warmer, but just make sure they are not left unattended.
If you or your family members struggle with dry skin or irritated nasal passages in the dry winter months, a smart humidifier might be a great option. Health experts say humidifiers can ease the symptoms of upper respiratory infections and colds, which are common in winter. Some smart humidifier models even work with Alexa and Google Home.
Another way to save on energy costs and let more much needed natural light in during the daytime is by upgrading your window blinds with iblinds. This is a simple upgrade to your existing window blinds, that can help keep warm air in and cool air out in the winter. Set your blinds to open for more natural light during the day and close when the sun goes down to keep your warm air inside – all at the push of a button or a simple voice command.
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