10 Ways to Winterize Your Home

Posted by on Thursday, December 17th, 2015 at 10:30pm.

Your home needs extra work to keep the cold out during the cold winter months.  Here are some things you can do to help keep that frosty air outside where it belongs, assisting you in lowering your heating costs!  

  1. Avoid drafts.  Place a rolled up towel or a draft snake at the bottom of your doors that lead outside to help cut down on any drafts coming through.  
  2. Change your furnace filters.  Dirty air filters will restrict air flow.  Change out the filters to keep the air flowing freely.  
  3. Switch fans to reverse.  Put your fans to run clockwise to push the warm air from the ceiling down.  
  4. Winterize your AC and Swamp Cooler Lines.  Lines will freeze if they still have water in them.  Be sure to drain them and if there is a water shutoff valve, be sure to turn that off.  
  5. Turn down your water heater.  Lower your water heater to about 120 degrees to reduce your heating costs by up to 10%.  
  6. Storm windows and doors.  Well insulated windows and doors make a huge difference in keeping your home warm over the winter (and cool during the summer).  Have new, updated storm windows and doors installed.  
  7. Tune up your furnace.  Just as you turn up your car, the furnace can use a tune up to stay in tip top shape.  HVAC crews can help you keep your furnace clean, lubricated and tuned.  
  8. Watch your thermostat.  Every degree you lower your thermostat means up to 1% of your heating bill being lowered.  
  9. Put plastic on the windows.  You can purchase kits at most stores that have plastic to cover your windows and keep out drafts.  This is especially important if you don't have more modern windows .  
  10. Use caulking.  Run caulking around your windows and doors to ensure they they are properly sealed.  

There are many different things you can do to cut down on your heating bills this winter.  The most important thing to remember is to find where drafts are coming from and find a way to fix that problem.  Drafts and cold air seeping in can make a huge difference in your heating bill all winter long.  

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