It’s Cold Outside! Winterize Your Home with These Tips
Winter is coming and with it brings the cold, snow, and ice that can make home ownership a headache. High-energy costs, furnace problems, freezing pipes, and flooding basements are all some of the potential issues your home faces each winter, but with proper winterization, you can prevent costly bills and potential emergencies. We’ve put together five easy ways for you to prepare your home for the harsh weather.
5 Ways to Winterize your Home
Winterizing does not have to be a complicated or a time-consuming task. By following these few simple tips, you’ll have your house ready for the cold in no time.
The U.S. Department of Energy reports that anywhere from 5 % to 30% of your home’s energy use is wasted by drafts. Combat drafts by hanging heavier curtains over your windows, putting plastic on the outside of your windows, and making DIY draft snakes – just roll up towels or other bits of heavier fabric and place them under any drafty exterior doors.
Keep your furnace in tip-top shape by having it professionally inspected every autumn and by changing the filter once a month. If you have trouble remembering to change your furnace filter, consider purchasing permanent filters, which are electrostatic rather than fiberglass. These filters not only cuts down on mess but also increases air purification by up to 88%!
Cleaning your gutters helps prevent ice build-up on your roof, which reduces flooding and other risks during thaws. Clean gutters also reduce the risk of finding mold in your home.
Since you probably haven’t used your fireplace since last winter, it’s important that you have your chimney professionally cleaned before you start your first seasonal fire. Not only will a proper cleaning increase your fireplace’s efficiency but it will also help keep you and your family safe by reducing the risks of chimney fires. It also keeps your chimney free of animal nests and other debris.
Finally, for maximum home heating efficiency, consider investing in a home automation system. These systems control the lighting and heating of your home, which cuts down on excessive energy usage. Home automation systems can also monitor doors and windows and alert you if it senses that one is open.
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