Winterizing your house will make it warm and cozy while also saving you money on heating bills.
Here are tips within reach of most homeowners.
- Seal Air Leaks: Air leaks can also contribute to heat loss in your home. To locate air leaks, walk around your home on a windy day and feel for drafts. Seal these leaks with caulk, spray foam, or weather stripping.
- Change Direction of Ceiling Fans: If you have ceiling fans, turn the rotation to clockwise to circulate the warmer that collects at the top of the room. According to The Daily Green, you can save 10% on your heating costs.
- Insulate Ductwork and Water Pipes: Ductwork insulation ensures that air traveling through the duct system will stay at the desired temperature and won’t “leak” out. Insulating your water pipes does the same thing.
- Add Weather Stripping to Garage Door: Your garage door can also be a source of heat loss. Adding weather stripping will reduce air leaks.
- Insulate Windows and Doors: Windows and doors are the biggest sources of heat loss in your home. To prevent this, consider installing weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors to keep the cold air out.
- Install Storm Windows: If your home has single-pane windows, consider installing storm windows or covers to add an extra layer of insulation.
- Change Your Furnace Filter: A furnace is just a blower and changing its filter is the most important thing homeowners can do to keep their home warm and dust free. Also be sure to keep the furnace free of debris.
- Install a Programmable Thermostat: A programmable thermostat can help you save money on your energy bill by automatically adjusting the temperature in your home based on your schedule.