Winterizing Your Home
As the cold weather approaches, now is a great time to be proactive and protect your home through the chilly months. The term “winterizing” simply means making sure your home is safeguarded against subfreezing temperatures, no matter what the age of your home.
Did you know that HVAC professionals recommend not changing the temperature in your home by more than 5ºF? Why make your heater work harder than it needs to? Implementing preventative measures now can save you time and money in the future. Check out these tips for doing so:
Windows & Doors
- Install heavy duty closed curtains on windows to prevent heat loss
- Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows
- Install door snakes on exterior doors, attic and basement entrances
Pipes & Faucets
- Protect your pipes from bursting by insulating those that could be susceptible to freezing
- Disconnect and empty hoses
Heating & Ventilation
- Check your fireplace, chimney and flue for build up
- Install insulation in the attic
- Change your thermostat to a programmable version, set to a lower temperate when the house is empty
- Have your HVAC system serviced and the air filer changed
Gutters & Roof
- Protect your roof by cleaning it, trimming nearby branches
- Clean your gutters and install gutter guards if necessary
- Fill and patch any exterior holes
Another way to potentially save is by calling your local power company to see if they conduct energy saving assessments. This is often a free service provided where a representative will recommend specific changes to make your home more energy efficient and save you money!
Local non-profits, like ACCESS, offer Energy Education Programs providing tips that can aid in home efficiency or even Low-Income Weatherization Programs to help bills become more manageable.
Winterizing your home can help you identify ways to improve your energy efficiency and make your home more comfortable. Many of these tips will save you money by reducing your power bills while also saving you from headaches by reducing your time spent fixing or replacing things. Some of the items on your checklist could be no-brainers, but others might require more thought. Weigh the costs and benefits before investing your time or money in a winterization project.
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