As fall arrives in our area, homeowners should spend a bit of time every day getting ready for winter. Fierce storms can descend unexpectedly, and you don’t want to be caught unawares. Taking steps to winterize your home means you will not only save money on energy bills; you’ll also feel more comfortable in your home. Here are some tips to winterize your home:
Best Practices for Winterizing Your Home
- Check rain gutters. Make sure your rain gutters are free of leaves and other debris. Obstructed rain gutters can cause ice dams and icicles that will damage your roof. Check your gutters to make sure the segments are connected and that there are no holes or cracks in them. If you can’t inspect your gutters, hire a gutter specialist.
- Air seal your home. Take a lit stick of incense and hold it in front of these areas: baseboards, recessed lights, door and window frames, electric outlets, the attic hatch, and the holes in exterior walls for wires, pipes, and cables. If the smoke wavers, you are losing conditioned air to the outdoors, or outdoor air is getting in your home. Close the holes with caulk, weatherstripping, or insulation. Install a door sweep to keep wind from entering the home.
- Change your air filter. Perhaps you change your air filter regularly. It’s a good habit to have whether it’s time to winterize your home or not. A clean air filter will help your HVAC system work properly, allowing air to flow through better. Using a good-quality filter will also improve indoor air quality by removing some pollutants.
- Install a programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat. Installing a programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat can help you control the temperature better in your home. Set the thermostat back a few degrees during the day when everyone is away or at night when they’re sleeping. Set the thermostat back up a few degrees in the morning when people are moving around and in the evening when they get home. You can save a couple of hundred dollars a year.
For more on how to winterize your home, contact Mowery Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing.