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Winter Projects: Improve Your Home and Boost Your Mood

Most of us spend a lot more time indoors during the winter. You can’t cozy up to the fireplace or perfect your couch potato techniques all the time, so use some of your “down time” to make a few improvements to your home. Change things up with cosmetic improvements, make repairs and make your home more energy efficient this winter.

Change the Look

Paint – Use this time to paint walls, molding and doors to give your home a whole new look. Elevate the mood with cheerful, warm colors to counteract dreary days.

Doors – Another way to change things up is to refurbish or replace your doors. Exchange sliders for double doors or French doors and generally update your home’s look with new interior doors.

Faucets – Replace kitchen and bath faucets with newer models that are more attractive and efficient. Go for a sleek and modern look or a charmingly retro vibe—there are a lot of options for you to choose from.

Floors – Maybe it’s time to upgrade your floors. New carpets or rugs can give a room an entirely new look. Upgrade your laminate flooring, or go from wall-to-wall carpet to laminate. Put new tiling in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Improve Energy Efficiency

Insulation – Insulate for energy-savings. Wrap the water heater in insulation and, if cold weather calls for it, insulate hot water pipes, the attic, basement and crawlspaces.

Light Bulbs – Incandescent lighting takes more electricity, so consider switching them out for more energy-efficient, longer-lasting Light Emitting Diode (LED) or Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL).

Programmable Thermostat – Pick up a programmable thermostat at the hardware store and replace your old one. A programmed thermostat will automatically turn the heat down at the times you specify, and most likely shave some dollars off your heating bill.

New Appliances – If your appliances are old replace them with newer, more efficient models. This is a good way to update the look of your kitchen while improving energy efficiency at the same time.

Windows and Doors – Seal air leaks around windows and doors with caulk. This will help keep cold air and rain outside where it belongs.

While making changes in your home to improve your wintertime outlook, consider protecting your home with better homeowners insurance. Compare costs and find the policy that’s right for you using our policy quote tool.

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