6 Steps for Winterizing your Home
Your home is your family’s best fortress against cold winter weather. This winter, you want to ensure that your home is ready for chilly temperatures. You also want to ensure you aren’t breaking the bank with high heating costs this winter. Read to learn about six tips for winterizing your home in an energy-efficient way.
- Furnace inspection- A furnace is a key part of ensuring you and your family stay safe and warm this winter. Having a furnace that works and runs efficiently is even better. Annual furnace inspections will help find potential problems and ensure that your unit is running as efficiently as possible.
- Change or clean the furnace filter-The filter should be changed or cleaned at the start of the heating season. After that, it should be changed or cleaned regularly- every 1 to 3 months. Whether your filter should be completely replaced or cleaned depends upon the type of filter you have. Contact your heating and cooling company for more information if you are unsure. A clean filter will allow the heated air to travel more freely throughout your home, and your furnace will not have to work as hard.
- Add insulation- Adding insulation such as blankets and coats to our bodies helps keep us warm, right? It works the same with your home. Adding extra insulation layers can help keep the warm air inside of your home and the cold air outside of it. Bob Vila suggests, “The most important area to insulate is your attic.” However, you can also insulate other areas in the home, such as outer walls. Energy.gov provides a diagram of the best places to insulate your home.
- Seal doors and windows- Sealing off any leaks from doors or windows will help keep your home nice and toasty this winter. Still, have drafts coming in from the bottom of your door? Make a cute draft blocker to help out!
- Reverse ceiling fans- If you have ceiling fans, this is a very easy way to begin winterizing your home. Ceiling fans are typically thought of as instruments to help keep us cool in the summer, but if you reverse the direction they spin, they can do the opposite in winter months. Popular Mechanics states, “Counterclockwise rotation produces cooling breezes while switching to clockwise makes it warmer. Air pooled near the ceiling is circulated back into the living space—cutting your heating costs as much as 10 %!”
- Do not cover the air conditioner- A cover will restrict any moisture or condensation from escaping, leading to a buildup of moisture and problems down the road.
If you have any questions about, or if you would like help with, winterizing your home this year, please feel free to contact FLAME!
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