How to Prepare Your House for the Winter
The winter weather is quickly approaching. The snow, cold wind, and frost will all do a number on your home if you are not prepared for it. In order to avoid mass chaos throughout the winter and into the spring, do what you can to winterize your home.
Winterizing your home will not only save you from having to repair and replace items on or in your home. Winterizing will also save you a great deal of money on your bills. You will find that sealing unused windows and doors alone will save you hundreds of dollars in the winter months. For this reason, we have compiled a short list of tips you can follow to winterize your home and save money.
Tip #1: Seal Off The Drafts
The cool air that seeps into your home through cracks, crevices, and openings can account for up to 30 percent of your heating bill during the winter months. The higher and longer you have to run the heat to counteract these drafts, the higher your bill will be each month. To fix this problem you simply need to seal the sources of these drafts. This is as simple of a fix as laying a blanket in front of a drafty door or duct taping around the border of your drafty windows. You may decide to go with more expensive, though still affordable, window cling to seal the drafts from the outside as well.
Tip #2: Give Your Heater Some Tender Loving Care
Your heater is the number one reason that you are able to stay warm in the winter unless you have a wood-burning fireplace. This is all the more reason to check out your heater before you turn it on each year. Make sure that you replace the filter as often as necessary, clean the dust out of the ducts and off of the furnace before you turn it on, and lubricate each piece of the equipment that needs it. Giving your heater just a few minutes of tender loving care each winter will help to cut energy costs, cut replacement costs, and prevent your home from going up in flames.
Tip #3: Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
If you do not already have a programmable thermostat, then consider investing in one. These programmable thermostats can be accessed while you are in the home as well as when you are not in the home. You can change the thermostat and monitor the thermostat from a distance. You can, for example, lower the thermostat from your place of employment during the day if you have forgotten to do so before leaving home that morning. You can also turn the heat back up from your car before you get home so that you do not have to wait for your home to warm up for you when you get there. The hidden benefit of having a programmable thermostat is that you can monitor it and catch small quarks or defects in its operation. If your thermostat starts to creep up during the day then you can counteract it from where you are and turn it back down.