With winter right around the corner, it’s time to hunker down and prepare for the cold months ahead. These practical tips will help protect your home from the harsh damaging weather that can cause a chain reaction of costly repairs.
1.Get an energy audit
The purpose of energyaudit report is to present energy consumption, usage, and efficiency. It will also let you know the potential energy-saving measures you can take as well as a cost-benefit analysis. The report will include a detailed description of energy usage, efficiency, and wastage in utilities. With this knowledge, you can better decide what measures should be taken to reduce energy losses.
2.Replace less efficient windows and doors
An alternative option to replacing old doors and windows is to add screens. Adding screens to your doors and windows will FINISH THIS. Insulation film is another option for old windows, It may not be the most fashionable tip, but it can keep up to 70% of heat from leaking out of the windows.
3.Clean your gutters
Cleaning your gutters is a great protective measure for your home. Proper gutter maintenance can save you from costly roof repairs and will protect the foundation of your home by keeping the drainage away from the base of your home.
4.Prepare your windows for winter
Caulk around windows and use foam outlet protectors to prevent cold air from entering your home. Warm air can escape and cold air can enter your house if the area around your windows has cracks. You can also reduce the amount of cool air coming into your home by adding heavier drapes for the winter months.
5.Prepare your fireplace
Having an annual sweep and inspection done is always a good choice for proper fireplace upkeep. Since your fireplace typically is used most in the coming cold months, ensuring that it will operate safely is critical. If not in active use, plug it up with a chimney balloon when winterizing your home to keep drafts out and heat in.
If you can see light around the edges of your doors, you need new weatherstripping.By replacing the weatherstripping on your doors, you cut the potential of cold air making it’s way into your home further increasing the electric bill in the winter.
7.Service your water heater
By adding a cover to your water heater, you can prevent it from losing heat too quickly. Having your water heater flush is a good way to keep it functioning at full capacity. 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. This is a simple cost-effective option that can help save you money in the long run. An even simpler way to save money is by lowering the temperature on your water heater to 120 as opposed to 140. You shouldn’t notice a difference and it’s a sure way to save you money on your heating bill!
8. Change your furnace filter
A furnace filter that is clogged with dust, pet dander, and other particles will cause your furnace to work harder because of decreased airflow. When this happens, you will need to make repairs more often to replace worn out parts. Over time, the useful life of your furnace will be reduced as a result. Because your furnace has to work harder, this means it is using more energy to operate. By changing its filter monthly, you will help reduce your home’s heating costs.
9. Install a programmable thermostat
Have you switched out your thermostat to a programmable version? If not, add this one to your list. A programmable thermostat lets you customize your heating so the system doesn’t run when you don’t need it. You can program the thermostat for one temperature when you’re at home and another when you’re away.
10.Protect your pipes
Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing, insulate pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic. Remember, the more insulation you use, the better protected your pipes will be. Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes.