4 Tips for Keeping Your Fairbanks Home Warm this Winter
If you recently decided to buy a home in Fairbanks and have relocated from a different part of the country, you may be surprised at how cold it is already. The temperature has been dipping below freezing at night, while the leaves haven’t even begun to change in other parts of the U.S. Needless to say, heating your home through the long Alaskan winter can take a major toll on your gas bill. However, getting creative and making a few small changes around your home can make a world of difference when it comes to how much you’re shelling out on heating costs. Here are a few tips and tricks to get you through the winter while spending as little as possible on your utilities.
Get busy in the kitchen
Aside from going to work or school, you’re going to spend a considerable amount of time indoors this season. Why not use the time to cook some tasty comfort food or dessert? Having the oven on will heat your home while you prepare dinner or bake cookies for the after-school crowd.
Let the sunshine in
You may think Mother Nature is working against you keeping your home warm this winter, but letting the sun flood your home is key for raising the temperature a degree or two. Open the blinds when the sun is out, and close them when the sun goes down to keep the heat in and the cold out.
Reverse your ceiling fan
Remember that crazy streak of hot weather we had this summer? You were probably running every fan in your house to keep cool! Now it’s time to reverse your ceiling fan to send hot air down towards the floor. This method distributes the warm air more evenly throughout your home, making less work for your heater.
Prevent drafts at the source
When you buy a home in Fairbanks, you can rest assured that your abode was built to withstand below-freezing temperatures. However, as time goes on, your home will settle and you might feel a draft here and there. Use caulking and weather stripping around windows and doors to seal off any leaks that are allowing hot air to escape and letting cold air to sneak inside.
As you can see, it doesn’t take a whole lot of effort to raise the temperature a few degrees at home. Making these easy changes around your home will add up to save you a good chunk of change over the next several months. If you’re still thinking about buying a home in Fairbanks, don’t let the impending long and snowy winter prevent you from kicking off your home search. Contact us at Madden Real Estate today to discover the possibilities that await you once you’ve decided to venture into the Alaskan real estate market and call Fairbanks your new home.
Wes Madden, CEO/Broker
Madden Real Estate
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