Steps on how to winterize your home!
Oh, the joys of living in the Northeast! If we’re not being pummeled by snow and ice, we’re surely suffering from frigid temperatures a few months out of the year. And we aren’t the only ones who struggle in this weather — our homes need a little extra TLC, too! It’s time to winterize your home!This cute pup is enjoying his draft snake! Image via 17apart.com
1. Chilly drafts can let in a surprising amount of cold air. Dodge that draft by using a “draft snake” (you know, one of those plush things that sits at the base of your garage door?). Purchase one at any home goods store, DIY one, or simply roll up an old bath towel and enjoy the savings on your heating bill! This is a simple and efficient way to winterize your home for the upcoming months.
2. Change your furnace filters! We’re guilty of forgetting about this one, too. Ideally, they should replaced every month during the winter months and they are inexpensive at Home Depot or Lowe’s.
3. Consider turning down your hot water heater to a reasonable 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Typically, they are set to 140 degrees — which can result in an unnecessary expense, let alone burns!
4. Storm doors and windows! Okay, this one might not be quite so painless. They’re not terribly cheap, nor are they a peach to install….but the savings can be incredible! Look for an Energy-Star certified model at a home improvement store. Not feeling an entirely new installation? Try a window insulation kit. For just a few dollars, you can increase the insulation in your windows and the plastic clings are nearly invisible.
5. Get your heating system tuned up. It’s worth it! In order to keep your system functioning properly (which will keep your monthly bill low), it’s imperative to have a yearly tune-up. This service may be free depending on the company, too.
6. Insulate your pipes with pre-slit pipe foam from a hardware store, and you’ll save on your hot water bill and have a lower chance of pipes freezing. Cheap and easy!