Wintertime can make even the most avid home improvement enthusiast feel like hibernating, but giving your home that great upgrade you’ve been planning can go a long way toward alleviating the dreariness of the colder months. Read on for a few winter project ideas you can take on to keep your home in tip-top shape and chase away the winter blues.

1. Update Your Insulation

Good insulation is your primary defense against the winter chill, so if you need new—or better—insulation, now is the perfect time to have that taken care of. Before you insulate, take the time to understand insulation terminology and make sure you choose a type of insulation that suits your needs.

2. Choose Winning Windows

man on ladder fixing window in winterDouble- or triple-paned windows, or insulated glass units (IGUs), consist of multiple glass panes alternating with thin, insulating layers of nontoxic gas that can help slow the escape of warm air from your home. Not only will these better-insulated windows keep you cozier throughout the winter, but since IGUs can help prevent heat loss, installing windows that meet your insulation needs may result in lower heating bills for you. Read more about energy-efficient upgrades for your windows.

3. Store More

Having guests over for the holidays means a sudden increase in the amount of gifts and belongings you’ll need to find a place for. Adding wall storage or shelf space in the hallway, garage, kitchen, or bathroom is a smart way to ensure that you’ll have enough room to keep everything straight. If you don’t quite have the time to install new storage space, you may want to consider finding creative ways to use the space you have or even get in touch with a professional organizer.

4. Buy a Backup Generator

Gray home backup generator sitting outdoorsThough it isn’t comforting to think about being caught in a blizzard with no power, it’s a good idea to take steps to ensure that you’ll be prepared in the event of a winter emergency. Purchasing the right generator for your home can help ensure that you have all the backup power you’ll need to weather a winter storm. 

5. Heat Up Your Home

There’s nothing like snuggling up in a warm house and watching the snow, but dealing with a chilly house in the middle of winter can be miserable. Now is a great time to make sure your HVAC system is the best it can be. Whether you’re considering a furnace, a heat pump, or radiant heating, wintertime is the perfect opportunity to assess your needs and get started with an HVAC system that’s right for you.

Winter may be dreary, but an exciting home update might be just the thing you need to put some spring back in your step. Chilly winds and shorter days are no reason not to give your home a cool new upgrade.

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