Home Improvement Projects for the Winter

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Perhaps there is no better way to describe the winter other than the unceasingly cold weather that comes with it. However, this does not mean to say that you cannot find effective ways to stay warm during the coldest months of the year.

This article teaches readers a couple of home improvement projects that they can try their hand in. Of course, most people are intimidated by the very idea of DIY, but for this article we have decided to keep everything as simple as possible. Just make sure to pay close attention to the instructions presented below.

Duct-Booster Fans

If your home makes use of a forced-air heat system, then you may be due for an upgrade. Duct booster fans are specifically designed to help improve the airflow in a particular room in the house. Keep in mind that most in-line duct booster fans have no problem fitting inside most standard-size metal ducts, so the project itself is not as labor intensive as other home improvement projects.

To install the blowers, you will need to pick a spot near the outlet end of a duct. This is where the pressure switch will be placed though there are certain models that have one already built in. This is vital as the pressure switch keeps track of the air pressure from the furnace and prompts the booster fan to start.

Of course, if you wish to avoid the hassle of installation altogether, then you should know that there are also some models which can be plugged directly into an available outlet. Just keep in mind that you may want to avoid cheaper units as they can be a bit noisy.

Cove Heaters

Installing cove heaters is another great home improvement project that perfectly addresses the cold winter weather. Mounted on the ceiling, these heaters are incredibly subtle in their appearance as they could be mistaken for a lighting fixture. Yet, the way they radiate heat across the room is unparalleled.

To install a cove heater, you may also have to install a thermostat to go along with it. To do this, you may need a new circuit directly connected to your main electrical panel. While the voltage may vary, larger units may require a bit more punch, some as much as 240 volts as opposed to the standard 120-volt circuits.

These are just some of the additional heating options you could try during these cold winter months. Make sure to weigh your options carefully.