Keep the Cold Out and the Heat In

Winterize Your Home with These Tips

Most of us have been spared a bitter cold winter so far this year, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take precautions before the temperatures dip below freezing. Winterizing your home can help keep your energy bill down; leaving cash in your pocket and protecting your home at the same time.

• Clean Your Gutters – Leaves from the fall season may have built up and clogged your gutters. Clear any blockage to ensure water flows freely to help prevent icicles and ice dams from forming.

• Clockwise Ceiling Fans – Naturally hot air rises. Flip the switch on your ceiling fan so the blades force the warm air downwards towards the floor.

• Replace Filters – Regularly changing and cleaning any heating system will improve efficiency and longevity.

• Service Your Equipment – We all know that routine maintenance on a car helps it run its best. The same is true for your heating system. Call a local specialist to service your heating system in order to keep it in good working order.

• Draft Guards – Drafty windows or doors? Draft guards are inexpensive and you’ll recoup your expense by helping to lower your heating bill month-after-month.

• Caulk and Insulation – Unexpected places might be leaving cold outside air inside. Perform a walk-around and examine areas where building materials meet, such as: around chimneys, corners of walls and where pipes or wires enter/exit. Simply caulking cracks or stuffing areas with insulation will prevent drafts and keep cash in your pocket.

• Insulate Your Pipes – Insulating your pipes is two-fold. One, you will end up paying less for your hot water, and two, you decrease the chance of your pipes freezing. When purchasing pipe insulation, look for the highest R value – the higher the R value, the better its heat-blocking power.

• Redirect Water – Make sure your downspouts are directing water at least 3 feet away from your home. You want to minimize the risk of water running against your foundation and freezing, which may result in cracking of your foundation – leading to leaking and/or structural issues.

• Add Another Layer – It isn’t a tip about your home, but it is a tip to stay warm this winter and keep cash in your pocket – put on a sweater! By adding another layer, it can make the room temperature feel as if it is two degrees warmer.

By following these tips you’ll be sure to protect your home during the harsh winter months, all while saving in the long run!