Winterizing your Home on a Budget
Here are some tips on simple ways to keep you warm this winter and save your money:
Watch for drafts
If you feel a draft in your home, you can seal it by fitting a rubber door seal around the bottom of the door as well as the door frame itself. For windows, caulking can protect your home against air leaks. Caulking is one of the most efficient ways to save energy and heating costs. Seal any cracks by adding a new layer of caulk. If the gaps are too large, remove the old caulk and replace it.
Clean furnace filters
Once a month, during winter, replace or clean furnace filters. This will maintain healthy air quality and lower your heating bill. When you don’t clean the furnace filter, the air becomes restricted and increases energy use. Changing the furnace filter is essential to keep your furnace in prime, working shape.
Fans are mostly used to cool us down, however, most ceiling fans are equipped with a reverse switch or a remote to control the speed and rotation. Running your fan in reverse will push hot air downward while a counterclockwise rotation provides a cooling effect. This will assist in cutting heating costs.
Turn down thermostat
Before you leave your house for work or winter vacation, turn down the thermostat. It is one of the simplest and most convenient ways to save money. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set it to turn on the heat when you get home from work or when your children are back from school. Don’t pay for heating, when no one is at home. Also, if you lower your thermostat by three degrees, you can save up to 15 per cent on your heating bill.
Lower water heater temperature
Some Canadians like to increase their water heater temperature to get more hot water, but this is not good for your utility bill. Lowering the temperature to 50°C or lower, should reduce water heating costs by 10 per cent. To save even more money, you can purchase a tankless water heater, which will only heat water when it’s required.
Drain hose pipes
In order to prepare for winter as home owners, we need to make sure our outdoor pipes are protected from frigid temperatures. This means draining the hose pipes, as you don’t want the pipes to burst. Turn off the water from the valve inside the house, and turn it on outside to let the water drain out.
Sit by the fire
Not only it is romantic, but sitting by the fire will surely keep you warm and cozy. Though, be sure to have your wood-burning fireplace inspected and chimney swept before first use of the season. You’ll want to make sure the fireplace will work all winter long. An electronic fireplace is also a good way to warm up your home and easier to maintain.
It is crucial to winterize your home as cold temperatures, high winds, snowstorms and freezing rain can significantly damage your residence. Keep your home and family safe with these maintenance tips and take another look at your home insurance policy.