TIPS FOR WINTERIZING YOUR HOME
Typically, there’s an indirect correlation between outdoor temperatures and indoor thermostat settings — when the temperature outside drops, the temperature on the thermostat gets turned up. As a result, electric bills tend to go up too.
With that said, you don’t have to keep fighting with yourself over whether or not you want stay cozy or save money — in fact, you can do both, simultaneously. There are a number of low cost ways to winterize your home and save on energy costs, and best of all, some are even tax deductible:
Tip #1 – Seal Leaks
Sealing leaks around windows and doors can prevent the cold air from entering your home. A draft snake placed in front your door will keep warm air from seeping out.
Can you make your own draft snake? Of course you can! They can be made by simply rolling up a towel or other piece of fabric and placing it at the base of the door.
Additionally, make sure all windows are closed properly and remove window unit air conditioners that allow air to escape. Caulking gaps around doors and windows with silicone caulk provides a temporary seal that won’t damage paint.
Tip #2 – Utilize Natural Heat Sources
Opening up the blinds to take advantage of solar energy can help reduce heating costs. You can also lower energy consumption by turning down the thermostat while cooking or after taking a shower or bath.
Reversing the direction of ceiling fan blades can also help circulate warm air throughout the home.
Tip #3 – Perform Heating System Check-Ups
Ensure that your heating system has been properly maintained by cleaning or changing the filter(s) regularly and inspecting ductwork for leaks. It’s also important to make sure air vents are clean and not blocked by dirt or debris. Vacuum it out and seal any leaks.
We recommend having your HVAC system serviced by a professional annually which will help to pinpoint needed adjustments and identify parts that need replacing.
Tip #4 – Add Insulation
Insulating your pipes with fiberglass insulation or spray foam can protect them from freezing while preventing heat loss from the water that runs through them at the same time. Reduced risk of frozen pipes AND saving on energy bills? It’s a win-win.
But your pipes aren’t the only things that need insulation throughout the house. It’s also vital to make sure floors, ceilings and exterior walls are insulated properly to minimize heat loss and maintain a comfortable home.
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