Winterizing on a Budget: DIY Tips to Keep the Cold Outside |  News

Winterizing on a Budget: DIY Tips to Keep the Cold Outside | News







Paducah – With the cold temperatures and snow heading into our area on Thursday afternoon, now is the time to make sure you’re prepared.

If you haven’t winterized your home, it might be a good idea to make a few last-minute adjustments—to ensure warm air stays in and cold air stays out.

Whether you have extra income to buy materials or you’re working on a tight budget, there are many DIY projects you can do to help keep you warm.

Winter on your windows







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Windows can let in Many of cold air, making heating much less effective. If you don’t have heat or power, it could be even worse. Try these tips to help keep the draft at bay:

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  • You can purchase a DIY window weatherstripping kit at almost any home improvement store, as well as Walmart. These kits come with double sided adhesive tape and shrink film. When you stick the film around your window (on the inside of your house) and blow it with a hair dryer, the film creates an airtight seal around your window.
  • Buy heavy, thick curtains to cover your windows and keep drafts out.
  • Use caulk, caulking tape, expanded foam tape, or weatherstripping tape to seal off any areas through which drafts are coming.

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  • Roll up a towel tightly and place it on a windowsill to help prevent drafts.
  • Do you have some extra blankets stashed in the closet? Try hanging them over windows full of danger.
  • Can’t get a window weather kit? Try using bubble wrap! Click here for the educational course.

weather your doors







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Similar to windows, doors can let in a lot of cool air. If you feel cold air coming from under the door or see a bright light through the gap between your door and the door frame when it’s closed, check out these tips:

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  • Buy a door vacuum to prevent cold air from escaping through the bottom of the door. Some door cleaners are self-adhesive and some require hardware to be installed.
  • Similar to windows, you can purchase weather sealers, caulk, caulking tape, and other weathering adhesives to help create a seal around your door. “Prong” protective belt seals tend to work well for doors.
  • Get a pull stopper. These are the tubes – usually made of fabric and filled with a flexible or moldable material. Some are made to be placed on the floor in front of your front door to stop drafts. Others can slide over the bottom of the door and protect from drafts on either side.

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  • Similar to windows, roll up a towel or blanket and place it at the bottom of the door. You can also try hanging a heavy blanket over the door.
  • Make your own pull stopper using any number of materials you can find around your house. You can use knee socks for wrapping and stuff them with plastic bags, corn, rice, etc. Click here for the tutorial, Or search the web for more.

the heat







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If you don’t have heat or are concerned about losing energy, there are several things you can do to help yourself stay warm.

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  • Blankets, blankets, and heating pads can keep you warm. However, these devices come with safety risks. If not used properly, it could result in fire, serious injury, or even death. It is very important to pay close attention to fire and carbon monoxide safety tips when using any of these tools to heat your home.

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If you don’t have heat or electricity, your home can get seriously cold. There are some steps you can take to help keep yourself warm.

  • Close all non-essential rooms and try to stay in a central area of ​​your home. The rooms around you can isolate some of the cold air. Do not open the doors of closed rooms unless absolutely necessary to avoid the entry of cold air.
  • If it’s very cold, try pitching a tent in your warmest room. If you don’t have a tent, you can make a makeshift tent using a blanket and a large table. You can even create a fort, like you did when you were a kid. The goal is to create a small living space or sleeping area in your coziest room. This helps keep warm air close to you, allowing you to stay warmer by using your own body heat.
  • snuggle! This is the perfect time to snuggle with your pets, kids or spouse. Body heat can help keep you warm.
  • If you have energy but no heat, cook something with your stove or oven. Not only will eating something warm keep you comfortable, the heat from the stove will provide warmth in your home.
  • Layered dress. Wear several layers of warm clothing, starting with thermal clothing. Add a T-shirt or leggings, a fleece jacket, pants, and even a coat if needed. Don’t forget to cover up with blankets, too!

Remove snow from your car







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  • Purchase a canned defroster, window scraper, or windshield scraper to help remove ice from your windshield. You can find these items in most stores that have auto departments.

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  • You can make your own simple ice remover using rubbing alcohol and water. Click here to watch a tutorial or search the web for more recipes.
  • If you don’t have an ice scraper and are stumped, try using an old credit card. This method works best if the icing is very thin. You can also try using an old shovel or CD. It is important to make sure not to scratch the glass, so don’t scrape the windshield with anything metallic. In addition, it can be tempting to pour hot water on the windshield – but doing so can cause the glass to crack.

Remember, if your home is too cold to stay in, there are options. Find shelter at a local heating center. If you don’t have transportation, contact your local law enforcement agency to see if they can help you get there.

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