Winter is in full swing. But it’s never too late to make your house warm and cozy and more efficient, while also saving money on heating bills. In this article, we review some of the steps you can take to winterize your home. Most of these are do-it-yourself tasks within reach of the average homeowner.
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Windows and doors are the biggest sources of heat loss in your home. To prevent this, consider installing weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors to keep the cold air out. You can also add a plastic window insulation kit to further reduce heat loss. Other insulation options include door sweeps, insulated curtains or blinds, and foam board insulation.
Air leaks can also contribute to heat loss in your home. To locate air leaks, walk around your home on a windy day and feel for drafts. Seal these leaks with caulk, spray foam, or weather stripping.
If your home has single-pane windows, consider installing storm windows or covers to add an extra layer of insulation.
If you have ceiling fans, turn the rotation to clockwise to circulate the warmer that collects at the top of the room. According to The Daily Green, you can save 10% on your heating costs.
Your heating system is one of the most important components of your home, so it’s essential to have it serviced before winter. A professional service can clean, inspect, and repair your system, ensuring that it’s running smoothly and efficiently all winter long.
A furnace is just a blower and its filter is the most important thing homeowners can do to keep their home warm and dust free. Also be sure to keep the furnace free of debris.
Insulating your furnace ductwork prevents the warm air flowing in the ducts warmer. It also keeps air cooler in the summer when AC is running. Insulating your water pipes does the same thing.
This isn’t really an energy saving suggestion, but outdoor AC units can be damaged by winter weather, so it’s important to cover them with a protective cover so they run efficiently in the summer.
A programmable thermostat can help you save money on your energy bill by automatically adjusting the temperature in your home based on your schedule.
Your garage door can also be a source of heat loss. Adding weather stripping will reduce air leaks.
If you have a fireplace, it’s important to have your chimney cleaned and inspected before winter to prevent fires and ensure that it’s safe to use.
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