Creaky stairs, cobwebs and things that go bump in the night – these are all things you would expect to see in a haunted house. But, you might find some of these things in your own home as well if you fall behind on home maintenance. Here are a few quick tricks for figuring out how to keep your house warm and welcoming this winter.
Are cold gusts of wind sending chills up your spine? It could be a visitor from another realm, but it’s more likely cold air seeping through a drafty window. To prevent the ghost of electricity bills past from haunting you, here is a quick tip on how to identify air leaks in your house. With your windows and doors closed, hold a lit stack of incense (or a candle) near the window or doorframe. Watch for smoke movement. This will help you identify areas that need new caulk or weather-stripping.
Smell something suspicious in your basement? Perhaps it’s a zombie lurking in your laundry bin. Or, that musty smell could be an indication that you have mold. According to the Mayo Clinic, 93% of chronic sinus infections can be attributed to mold. So, first try purchasing a dehumidifier for the room. If that doesn’t work, do a more in-depth mold inspection to see if there’s a secret source of moisture causing mold, and address the issue right away!
Finally, if you hear things that go bump in the night, it could be a witch walking around on your roof. Or, it could be the raccoons and squirrels that are setting up house in your attic and gnawing on insulation and wires. To keep critters out, do an attic check to make sure no entries are open. This means covering vents, soffits and rafters with a roof vent cover. If the vermin have already moved in, you may need to call an exterminator to assist with the exorcism.