Why Winterize Your Home?
When the weather starts cooling off, it’s time to perform the home maintenance needed to make sure that your house is ready to face the freezing temperatures and precipitation that often come with the winter months. By doing so, you can live in greater comfort and save money on your electrical and heating bills. Here is a list of tips you can use to winterize your home and make sure you’re prepared for the season to come.
1. Change Your Furnace Filters
Once you turn on your heating system, make sure that you change out the filters in your furnace once a month. You’ll also need to replace them when they’re worn out or are caked with debris. Under these conditions, the air won’t be able to flow smoothly through the filter so your furnace will have to work harder and use more energy to keep the air moving through the filter. Consider using electrostatic filters or permanent fiberglass ones (which are less expensive than electrostatic filters); these work better than normal filters when it comes to reducing dust and other allergens. The most expensive but best choice is a HEPA filter. If the label says “HEPA-like,” opt for a real HEPA filter instead, which will work much better.
2. Remove or Cover Window A/C Units
Do you have a window air conditioning unit? The holes in your A/C can allow cold air to flow through into your home, so cut down on this by either removing the air conditioner for the season or take a tarp and completely cover the outside of the unit.
3. Set Ceiling Fans To Clockwise
Ceilings fans are a great way to cool off and you can also put them to use during the winter months. Flip the switch that changes the direction of your fans so that they turn clockwise during winter. This way, your fan blades will push heat down from the ceiling back into the rooms you’re trying to warm up.
4. Lower Your Water Heater Temperature
Most water heaters are set at 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Lower this by about 20 degrees, and you’ll reduce the costs of heating your water without noticing much of a difference in the temperature.
5. Use a Draft Stopper
A draft snake is a great way to reduce drafts and decrease heat loss by blocking air from circulating beneath your doorways. They’re a tried-and-true way of keeping rooms warm that has been used for many years.
6. Install Storm Doors and Windows
If you have older doors or windows, you may want to consider replacing them with storm doors and windows before the weather turns colder. These can let more light into your house and protect it against the wind, while at the same time reducing drafts. Not only will storm doors and windows keep you warmer in the winter, they’ll also keep your home cooler during the summer.
7. Adjust Your Thermostat
While it’s nice to come home to a toasty house, it’s a waste of money and energy while you’re gone, so turn the temperature down before you leave. You can also save by turning the thermostat down before going to bed—did you know that you sleep better in cooler temperatures?
At Inspectrum Data Services we use Infrared Thermal Imaging in our inspections as a method to detect changes in heat and cold signatures and unwanted moisture. The best way to know what areas to focus on when you winterize your home is to have a professional home inspection which may reveal issues with doors, windows, heating, and insulation. Contact us today to discuss your inspection needs!