We Can't All Be Snowbirds: 8 Steps to Winterizing Your Home
The prediction says you'll get several inches of snow, ice, and freezing rain. Yes, there's no denying it. Winter is approaching. And you'll need to get your house ready for whatever comes your way. Use these cost-effective strategies to prepare for whatever the season throws at you.
Change your furnace filter first.
This is one to put on your calendar right away because it will save you money and keep you warm. When your filter is clean and fresh, it improves airflow and reduces the amount of energy used to heat your home on nights when the temperature drops below freezing.
Step 2: Insulate your A/C and water lines for the winter.
Make sure your hose is totally turned off and there is no water inside before storing it for the winter. This will keep it from freezing and perhaps damaging your hose. Also, turn off the water valve on your air conditioner for the season. During the cooler months, you're probably not going to turn it on, which will help you save money.
Step 3: Reduce the temperature of the water heater.
Reduce the temperature if it's set to anything higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping your water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter will save you a lot of money (and it will reduce the potential for burning your skin on scalding hot water).
Step 4: Make a windbreak.
This is a simple method that can help you save money on your heating bill while also keeping you comfortable throughout the cold winter months. To keep a draught out, simply put a rolled bath towel under a door crack.
Step 5: Make sure your heating system is working properly.
It's critical to inspect your heating system every winter to ensure that everything is in working order. This will keep you warm while also ensuring that your systems aren't working overtime for little reward. If you recently bought your furnace, contact the manufacturer to see if a professional can come out and fine-tune it. Call a general technician to schedule a check-up if it's been a while. Also, if your furnace isn't working properly, consider replacing it. In the long run, it could be really beneficial to your property!
Wrap the windows in step six.
If your home's windows are ancient and you don't plan on replacing them, consider this age-old method to keep the chill at bay: bubble-wrap. That's correct. To let sunshine in while keeping cold air out, tape bubble-wrap to the inside of your window. How's that for multitasking?
Step 7: Change the direction of your fans.
That is, in the direction of your fans. By changing the direction in which your ceiling fans spin, you can help produce warmer air and save up to 10% on your heating expenditures!
Step 8: Add extra insulation to the attic.
The bottom truth is that if your home isn't adequately insulated, it will become cold. Increase the amount of insulation in the walls to keep things warm and save money on your heating bills.