Winter is Here!
Winter is here! How to winterize your home for this crazy weather!
It’s that freezing time of the year, where we will get below freezing a few times. There are many ways to help prevent any damage to your home and make sure you and your family stay warm.
- During the time you run your heater, you should change your filter once a month. If you don’t, the filters get dirty and that will restrict airflow. There are a few options for better filters, like permanent which will reduce the waste and is less hassle. Then there’s Electostatic filters which trap around 88% of the debris and are better at controlling the bacteria, mold, viruses, and pollen.
- All those ceiling fans you never expected to use in the winter? Turn them on, but put them in reverse. Doing this will pull the heat back up to your ceiling and circulate back through the room. This can cut your heating bill by as much as 10%.
- Turn off any water spigots outside, and drain all hoses. After draining them, stow them away. If there are any leaks, make sure they are all sealed well. If you have a window A/C unit, you can store them away, so no cold draft gets inside.
- Turn your water heater down. A lot of installers set them at 140 degrees, but most families don’t need that much steam. Turn it down to 120 or lower and it can save on water heating cost by 6-10%. You could even think about getting a tankless water heater.
- Draft comes in from under doors as well. To keep this from happening, get a towel and roll it up. Place it under the door covering the seam as best as possible. You can even get online and buy a door draft stopper if you don’t want to make one.
- When leaving the house make sure you turn down the heat. This can save you money for sure. For every degree you lower the thermostat, you’ll save 1-3% on your heating bill.
- At your local hardware store, get a window insulation kit. This is some plastic to put on your windows to add an extra layer of insulation, helps hold in the heat.
- Make sure there is no leak of air around windows. If there is, caulk it to seal it. This can save you a lot of money through the winter, as well as the summer with that A/C on.
- Put insulation around your pipes. This will decrease the chances of a freezing pipe as well as pay less for hot water. You can get a pre-slit pipe foam at the hardware store.
Hope these tips help keeps you warm and save you money!