There's no doubt about it— the cold is here! You may have started reaching for more layers, piling on extra blankets and turning up the thermostat in your Alaska home, but there are a few more ways to bring extra warmth indoors this winter.
As your local real estate experts in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, North Pole and the surrounding communities, we are happy to provide the following tips for keeping your Alaskan home warm this winter.
Use your curtains
Thicker curtains are a simple way to keep heat inside your home this winter and avoid losing it through the windows.
Let the sunlight in
During the day, open the curtains and blinds and let as much natural light in as possible. As soon as the sun fades,...
It’s safe to say winter has made a dramatic appearance here in Fairbanks! Slick driving conditions, power outages, and downright chilling temperatures have forced many businesses to close up shop until the storm has passed. If you recently decided to buy a home in Fairbanks, you’ve officially caught a glimpse of how unpredictable our weather can be. Although most homes in Alaska have been built to withstand subarctic temperatures, it’s a smart idea to be prepared in case your power goes out during a winter storm. To help you face the unexpected, here are our tips for being prepared and staying warm during a winter power outage.
Move all members of your household into one room
When your power goes out, the first step is to gather your emergency disaster kit and all members of your household into one room. This way, instead of trying to heat the entire house, you’re just...
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...
With the summer season coming to a close, you may find yourself reminiscing on festivals, swimming at the lake, and desperately trying to keep cool in that bizarre heat wave we had. Here in Fairbanks, we only get a few months of warm weather per year, and the clock is ticking. Before you know it, the snow will start falling and you’ll be reaching for your winter coat and skis. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves! While the temperatures are still mild, it’s important to make sure your home is thoroughly prepared for the winter season. Get a head start this Labor Day weekend by inspecting your property and making sure your Fairbanks home is as insulated as possible.
Roof and Attic
The best option in a cold climate like Fairbanks is a cold roof. This type of roofing contains a continuous air vent between the roof insulation and the sheathing. A 2-inch air space is recommended to prevent the heat from inside...