With the weather turning colder, it is time to begin thinking about winterizing you home before the truly bad weather sets in. Winterizing your home may feel like an overwhelming task, but there are ways to get your home ready for winter that are easy, quick and will help make the winter much more comfortable.
Windows and Doors
Install storm windows and doors as a storm door alone can increase energy efficiency by 45 percent. Storm windows and doors can also make it harder for thieves to break in. Replace old windows that may be causing you to lose heat from your house. Although old windows may have charm and character, they may be costing you money.
To repair drafty windows, caulk your windows and doors, making sure to smooth out the caulk lines with a wet finger. Draft stoppers can also keep cool air from coming into your home. You can make them yourself or purchase them at bed and bath stores. There is also window plastic available that is easy to apply and is virtually invisible. Be sure to remove all the air bubbles so it looks professional.
Your HVAC system works as hard in the winter as it does in the summer. Be sure to change filters often as dirty filters can restrict airflow. Have your HVAC system serviced at least twice each year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Service will cost around $200, but it may keep you from an expensive repair later in the season. Drain excess water from pipes to prevent them from freezing by opening the waste valve to turn off main water lines. Turn your thermostat down when you are not home, but do not turn your heat off as this could cause pipes to freeze. Turning your thermostat down ten degrees while you are at work can save you about 14 percent in energy costs. Set ceiling fans to blow down in the winter, pushing hot air from the ceiling and down into living areas.
Other Tips for Winterizing Your Home
Add additional insulation to your attic, walls, roof and ducts. Wrap pipes in insulation to help protect them from freezing and to save hot water energy costs. If you have a fireplace, use it to reduce energy costs and to keep rooms warmer. If lower temperatures make you uncomfortable, consider using a light long-sleeved sweater which can make you feel two degrees warmer or a heavy sweatshirt that can make you feel four-degrees warmer.
If you are ready to get your home ready for winter, consider these simple tips which are inexpensive and easy. IF you need advice for winterizing your home, contact us today online or by telephone to learn more.