The colder weather of the season encourages people to remain indoors even during the day. This time inside provides a perfect opportunity to tackle a few winter home improvement projects. If you’re feeling unsure where to start, here are a few ideas on how to upgrade your living spaces when the weather is cold.

Replace the Flooring in Your Home

Winter is a great time to replace the flooring in your living spaces because there’s no need to worry about inclement weather when working indoors.

Some types of flooring can be installed yourself; however, if you have no experience, hire a professional. They will take the measurements of a room and help you choose the best materials for the space. You might opt for hardwood, vinyl, tile, cork, or linoleum floors.

Winter Home Improvement: Install a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is a great addition to your household, especially during the winter season. This type of thermostat can be programmed to regulate the temperature in your home according to your customized settings.

Thermostats are easy to install yourself and a new one can help you save money on your utility bills. Set the temperature when you’re away, for a few degrees lower. Program the thermostat to return the house to a comfortable temperature just before you arrive home. Some homeowners have found they can save between 10 and 12% on their monthly heating bills by using a programmable thermostat.

Seal Cracks Around Windows

Another home improvement that helps boost energy efficiency is to seal cracks and gaps around your windows and doors. Inspect window and door frames for spaces through which cool air can enter your home. Fill cracks using a caulk gun and silicone caulk. These repairs will be helpful to regulate the temperature in your home and they also help keep insects and other small pests out.

Update the Lighting as Part of Your Winter Home Improvement Projects

New lighting fixtures can change the aesthetic and mood of your living spaces. Especially in winter, when the days are shorter, this can make a big difference to the interior of your home.

Check the rooms throughout the house and look for spaces that feel dark or cramped. A new light fixture with a brighter LED light bulb is an excellent way to update a room. If there are fixtures you won’t be replacing, remove the glass globes and thoroughly clean them so more light can shine through.

If you find yourself with a lot of free time in the winter, take advantage and make a few home renovations. The above projects are a great way to get started improving your living spaces.

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