Tips On How To Winterize Your Home
Winterizing your home is a great way to be proactive in saving money and ensuring that you have an easy breezy winter. Let these helpful tips be reminders on how to make your living space cozier and more energy efficient to save on high heating and energy bill costs.
Replace or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season. Dirty filters decrease airflow and increase energy demand. Simply put, this means that your furnace has to work twice as hard (or more) to emit the same amount of energy and heat. Put a monthly reminder on your calendar to replace or clean furnace filters so you don’t forget. Your heating bill will thank you! This will also reduce the risk of causing more significant problems to your system in the long run.
Better yet, have your furnace inspected. Regular and proper furnace maintenance can prevent costly future disasters that result in no heat or expensive furnace replacement.
Run ceiling fans in reverse. Heat rises, so reversing the direction in which your fan runs can increase the flow and distribution of warm air while pushing cooler air down. This technique can save your heating cost up to 10% each month!
Insulate your home! There are simple ways to add more insulation to your home. Place warm rugs on large areas of floors that do not have carpet. Not only will this add extra insulation, it will be warmer to walk on than cold tiles or hardwood floors. Add throw blankets to your couch and an extra comforter on your bed. You can even bubble wrap your windows if you feel cold air leaking through its cracks. This technique can lead to up to saving 30% of energy usage each year.
Caulk your windows. Leaks in window sills can make your home significantly colder in winter months which results in your heating system working harder to keep your home at your desired temperature. Additionally, little leaks can sap home energy efficiency by 5 to 30 percent a year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That means it pays to seal up gaps in window sills with caulking and weatherstripping around doors. If your home has a basement, you may consider covering window wells with plastic shields. This will prevent cold air from entering the often coldest part of your home.
Inspect your roof, gutters, and downspouts. Add extra insulation to your attic to prevent warm air from escaping your roof. Replace worn out roof shingles or tiles to prevent any colder air from sneaking into your home.
Prevent plumbing freezes. Find your water main in case you have to shut it off in an emergency. Cold weather and freezing temperatures can lead to frozen and burst pipes. You want to be prepared in case this happens. Furthermore, drain all garden hoses and insulate exposed plumbing pipes. Drain all air conditioner pipes and don’t forget to turn off your air conditioning’s water shut-off valve.