Cost-Effective Ways You Can Prepare Your Home For Winter
Stay warm and dry this winter while keeping your energy costs low, by doing these things before winter.
CLEAN OUT THOSE GUTTERS!
Making sure that water can flow freely through your gutters now, will help prevent icicles and ice dams from forming later.
FLUSH YOUR WATER HEATER
Particles and sediment can collect over time in the bottom of your water heater, hindering the unit's efficiency. Flush the water through the drain valve to clear out the material and keep your heater functioning at its best.
CHANGE YOUR CEILING FAN TO TURN CLOCKWISE
Have your ceiling fans move in a clockwise direction so they push hot air along the ceiling towards the floor. If they're going counterclockwise, they won't be as effective.
WINDOW INSULATION FILM
It may not be the most fashionable tip, but window insulation film can keep up to 70% of heat from leaking out of the windows. You won't mind the appearance when you're toasty warm in your house!
In a drafty room, heat escapes under the door. When winterizing your house, place draft guards by the doors to prevent heat loss. It's a simple solution that keeps your house warm and saves you from wasting energy. Plus you don't even need to purchase anything-a rolled up towel will do!
Regularly changing the filters in your central air and heating system can significantly improve its efficiency and longevity, while easing the pressure on your wallet.
Drafts and air leaks increase your heating costs, so make sure your windows and doors are sealed tight with weatherstripping. Simple, easy, and smart.
The US Department of Energy says you can save as much as 1% on your energy bill for every degree you lower your home's temperature during the winter. Install a programmable thermostat now and save money by keeping the temp down when you're not at home.
Any remaining gaps in siding, windows, or doors can be filled with caulk. For extra drafty windows and doors, caulk the inside too, pulling off moldings to fill all gaps in the insulation.