If you’re someone who likes wearing wool sweaters, making snow angels, and shopping for the Christmas holiday, then there’s a pretty good chance that winter is your favorite time of the year. But if you haven’t made sure that you winterize your home before the season comes, there’s also a pretty good chance that you are spending a lot more on your monthly energy costs than you actually should.
If you’re curious to know about some effective and budget-friendly ways that you can get your home ready for cold weather so that you can enjoy the cold outside without having it affect you inside, you’re in luck. This article is going to share with you four things that you can do over the course of the next couple of days that will keep you nice and warm without blowing your budget in the process.
Do some insulating. One of the best things that you can do in order to protect both your home as well as your budget is to do a bit of insulating. You should start by checking the insulation inside of your attic to make sure that it’s thick and there are no signs of wear and tear. According to most energy experts, in order for your attic to be well-protected, your insulation needs to be made out of an eco-friendly material and around 12″ thick. Something else that needs to be insulated in your home are your pipes; that will help to keep them from freezing up. Fiberglass or foam are the best materials to use. You can read more on how to insulate your attic and your pipes by going to DIY Network and putting either “insulate your attic” or “insulate your pipes” in the search field.
Seal your doors and windows. There are a lot of people who seem to have a challenging time getting the rooms in their house to feel a comfortable temperature, and it’s due to one simple reason: air drafts. If you happen to have small holes or cracks alongside your windowsills or doors, you are definitely going to feel some cold air coming in. The good news is that there are two things that you can do in order to remedy the issue. You can go to Home Depot or Lowe’s to pick up some caulking to apply to the holes and cracks. Also, it’s a good idea to do a bit of weatherstripping too. If you’ve never done it before, This Old House has an extensive guide that can walk you through the process. Go to the site and put “know your weatherstripping” in the search field.
Install some eco-friendly items. When it comes to finding tips to combat allergies at home while also preparing your house for winter, you might want to install some eco-friendly items. As it directly relates to your allergies, look into getting some exhaust fans that you can put into your kitchen and bathroom that will help to keep the humidity levels down so that you can experience less allergy symptoms and your house can stay at a more comfortable temperature. When it comes to decreasing your water bill, a low-flow showerhead is a cheap and proven way to use less gallons of water each day. Also, if you don’t have a programmable thermostat, this would be the time to get one. There are studies which indicate that adding it to your house can save you as much as 30-40 percent on annual energy costs.
Prep HVAC unit and ceiling fans. Finally, it’s always going to work to your advantage to get your HVAC unit professionally serviced. That way, a technician can make sure there are no leaks, that your ducts are clean and that your filter is working properly. In the meantime, something that you can do yourself is set your ceiling fans to rotate in a counterclockwise position. That way, they can help to pull heat that has risen to the ceiling down closer to where you are so that you can save even more money on energy costs. For tips on how to care for your ceiling fan, visit Homeowner Care and put “effectively clean ceiling fans” in the search field.