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5 Tips for a More Comfortable Home in Winter

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Big Sky Homes carries a variety of manufactured homes that are incredibly energy efficient. But if you are not yet ready to get into your new home in Billings, you need to find a way to stay warm through the winter. Most of the time we associate winter with cold and snowy outside, and warm and comfortable inside. If you are tired of dreading the winter season because of the discomfort that comes with it, make your home more winter-ready with these 5 simple tips.

 

Seal Gaps, Leaks, and Cracks

CaulkStart off by going around your whole house to inspect if there are any potential problem areas that will need fixing or repair. The whole point of winterizing is to make sure that cold air doesn’t get in and hot air doesn’t get out. The best way to achieve this is by sealing all “unintended” openings, no matter how small. Do you see any cracks or holes in your walls? Have these sealed. Are there leaks in your air ducts? Have those sealed. Is the weather stripping around your doors and windows worn out? Have them replaced. Are there rooms in your house that are not being used? Have these rooms closed in the meantime. With closed doors, cold air will not be able to circulate as much. Plus, you’ll be able to distribute more heat to where it is actually needed.

 

Let Sunlight in, and Keep it in

SunlightJust because it’s winter, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there won’t be sunlight. So when you wake up to a bright and sunny day, open your drapes and let the warmth of the sun in. And when the day is ending, keep as much of the heat you captured inside your home with the use of thick, heavy, curtains to close up all your windows. The thicker the curtains are, the better they will be in keeping your home warm and blocking any drafts. And you don’t have to stick to just one layer per window. A full drape plus one more layer will provide even more insulation value.

 

Insulate

Water Pipe Insulation 3Insulation is one of the most effective ways to keep your home comfortable any day of the year. So insulate your ceilings. Insulate your attic. Insulate your walls. Insulate your pipes. Insulate your floor. If you can access the area, make sure it is insulated properly!

 

Unblock Vents

VentSometimes, in the process of redecorating a room or rearranging furniture, air vents are accidentally blocked (or maybe intentionally to redistribute cool air in the summer). Don’t wait until you feel the effects of this oversight (or intentional cover-up), when winter comes, unblock those vents so your furnace can do its job of properly circulating warm air around your space.

 

Mind your Fans

Ceiling FanExhaust fans are there to drive air through the vent and out of your house. Turn these fans on only when needed, like when you are cooking or bathing. As for your ceiling fans, don’t forget to reverse the direction of the blades from counter clockwise (which pulls air up) to clockwise (which circulates hot air and drives it from your ceiling down to you). This is especially needed if you have vaulted ceilings.

After all is said and done, remember that ultimately, it is more important to warm yourself and your entire household through warm clothing, thick sheets and blankets, and warm drinks. There is no need to keep your house hot enough that shorts and a t-shirt are necessary.

 

Big Sky Homes Sells Affordable Homes in Billings

Not only do we have affordable homes, we have homes that have top-of-the-line insulation in them. With a new home from Big Sky Homes, you won’t have to worry about most of these comfortable home tips, since the house will already be sealed and energy efficient the day you move in.

Come check us out to see just how affordable a new house in Billings is.