Keep the cold out, the heat in, and your bills down with these tips for winterizing your home this winter!
1. Clean Out Your Gutters
This tip is free and only costs you your time. By cleaning out the gutters now, you can keep water moving through them and icicles from forming and causing damage.
2. Window Insulation Film
Covering your windows with a special made window film (about $5 - https://amzn.to/2FjZTNP), or saran wrap, will keep 70% more heat inside your house. It may not look attractive, but it will keep you toasty and your bills down.
3. Clockwise Ceiling Fans
Not only are ceiling fans helpful in summer months, but they can also help keep your home warmer. Change the direction of the rotation to clockwise and move the heat that has risen to the ceiling back to the floor.
4. Flush the Hot Water Heater
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.
5. Install Draft Guards
If you have a drafty room, heat may be escaping under the door. Buying a draft guard ($5-$15) or using a rolled up towel will help with your homes’ energy efficiency.
6. Fiberglass Insulation
Adding rolls of fiberglass to your attic, or basement walls, will greatly help lower your heat bill this winter. Rolls are about $25 each and make a huge impact energy cost!
7. Programable Thermostat
Your house does not need to be as warm when you are not home (But don’t go below 65 degrees because you want your pipes to stay at a nice warm temperature). Installing a programable thermostat will let you control your heat when you’re away. The US Department of Energy states that for every degree you lower your temperature, you save 1% on your energy bill.
8. Weatherstripping Tape
Fill the cracks around doors and windows with weatherstripping tape. It’s an easy way to keep the cold out!
9. Change your Air Filter
Changing out your air filter regularly helps maintain the health of your unit, while increasing it’s ability to perform. Doing so in winter months will help will energy costs!
10. Caulk It
Caulk is not expensive and an easy way to fill-in the gaps missed by other methods!