You’re on a budget; most homeowners are. With these inexpensive ways to winterize your home, you’ll be well on your way to keeping the chill out and the heat in.
• Water and Air Conditioning Lines
It’s easy to forget these small details, but in order to protect your lines and hoses, take the time to empty and put them away. Any water lines that are left over winter can freeze and rupture, costing you time and money to replace. Instead, shut off your air conditioner for the season, locate outdoor water shutoffs and disconnect hoses. Winter is also a great time to take note of any water leaks that you may have around your home. If you’ve been using a window air conditioner, now is the time to unhook it and put it away, this way you won’t be dealing with drafts all winter long.
• Consider Storm Windows
Storm windows are an investment. Simply put, they’re not a simple fix, and they may not be the least expensive solution, but they are well worth the energy. Storm windows and doors allow you to benefit from the light of the day, while blocking out the frigid winds better than regular windows. They’ll also be a good selling feature when you decide to list your home.
• Have Your Furnace Checked
Nothing lasts forever. It’s a good idea to have your furnace checked and tuned up, much like your vehicle. Furnaces need to be kept well lubricated, clean and adjusted by a professional on a semi-regular basis. If you keep up with furnace care, you will save heating bills as well as saving yourself the need to completely replace a neglected system.
• Use An Energy Monitor
If energy consumption is an issue in your home, you may want to make use of an energy monitor. This device is useful in alerting you to high-use energy habits, which help to make you aware and make changes where needed. This serves as a real-time look at what your family can change, here and now, to ensure that you aren’t paying money that you could use in other places.
• Insulate Your Home and Seal Off Ducts
Duct drafts are a huge problem for homeowners. To keep your heat in and the drafts out, be sure to insulate and fill areas around and near ducts which may be stealing your hot air. You can also tackle this problem by adding insulation to your walls and other problem areas in your home.
When you take the time to winterize your home, you avoid pricey issues that quickly add up, which also works to your resale benefit.