The best time to winterize your home is BEFORE the freezing temperatures arrive. Which means now...
Winterizing in general is a must but can sometimes be costly. Luckily there are many things that can be done on a budget!
Here is a quick list to get you started.
Switch your Ceiling Fans to run clockwise - Ceiling fans are a fantastic summer budget-saver but they can help out in the winter as well! Have your ceiling fans move in a clockwise direction so they push hot air along the ceiling down towards the room.
Insulate your pipes - Undo any water hoses and Insulate your hose bibs. Consider insulating your pipes in your garage, attic and under cabinets.
Clean Your Gutters - You've heard it before, make sure that water can flow freely through your gutters. This will help prevent icicles and ice dams from forming later.
Water Heater - Might be time to flush your water heater. Particles and sediment can collect over time in the bottom of your water heater, hindering the unit's efficiency. Be sure to flush the water through the drain valve to clear out the material and keep your heater functioning at its best.
Turn Down the Heat - For every degree you lower the thermostat during heating season, you'll save between 1 and 3% of your heating bill. Make it easier with a programmable thermostat.
Use Caulking and Weather striping - Simple leaks can sap home energy efficiency by 5% to 30% a year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That means it pays to seal up gaps with caulking and weatherstripping.
Replace Filters - I normally suggest changing filters every month. Your central air and heating system can work more efficiently thus saving you money in the long run.
Fireplace - If you have a fireplace, close the damper when the fireplace is not in use.
Block drafts - Draft guards save heat from escaping underneath the door. They are inexpensive but can save big $$. You can also roll a towel and lay against the door as well.
Window Insulation Film - Although not a huge fan, I have heard that window insulation filmcan keep up to 70% of your heat from leaking out of windows. I'll leave that on up to you.
Last but not least, close closet doors and rooms that are not in use and dress warmly for winter temperatures!
These are just a few good suggestions to get you started. If you would like more advice and tips on preparing your home for colder temperatures, I’d love to talk! Give me a call at 214-458-4198 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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