Gifts, parties, traveling...the most wonderful time of the year can easily become the most expensive time of year. One way to save some money during this joyous season is to be proactive about keeping the cold out, and the heat in. Here are the hacks we’ve found to be most helpful in protecting your wallet as well as the lifespan of your home.
How to Winter-Proof Your Home (and Wallet!)
Check Your Doors and Windows
Windows and doors rank among top sources of heat loss in a home. Check visually and feel for drafts around the inside and outside of your doors and windows. Use caulk and replace old weatherstripping to seal inside and outside areas that leak if necessary.
The crevices under doors and windows can also pose a threat to keeping your heat bill down. These typically cost less than $20 and will quickly return their investment. You can also get a similar product for the base of leaky windows and garage doors.
Prepare your outdoor spaces
Most patio furniture isn’t designed to endure the extreme winter elements. Bring them in for the winter or cover them with a sturdy tarp to ensure their longevity.
Same goes with hoses, store them away for the winter to avoid having to buy a new one in the spring. Once you’ve removed the hose, cover your outdoor faucets to avoid frozen faucets and pipes. This blogger has a DIY method of keeping outdoor spigots and pipes warm at little cost.
Check outdoor decks and structures for signs of rot or decay. Most commonly, rot and decay can be found on wooden decks and window frames. It’s important to get these surfaces treated before the winter to avoid further deterioration from the harsh elements.
Consider Your (Heat) Sources
During the winter months, heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires. Check the safety and integrity of your fireplace BEFORE lighting it up. Here is a easy to follow DIY guide to make sure your fireplace is safe and up-to-snuff by Houselogic.
Did you know that your fans can actually help to keep you warm during the winter? Having your fan blow in the clockwise position will promote warm air to be blown down to the floor during the cold months.
Be sure to check and replace the air filters if necessary. How often? It can vary by the filter and lifestyle factors, but one thing that is for certain is a dirt filter doesn’t pay off. Dirty filters restrict your air flow, causing your heating system to work harder.
According to Energy Star, the most significant air leaks are hidden in your basement and attic. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to seal and insulate your home to avoid a high electric bill.
As always, we are happy to provide you with tips to make your homeowning experience a more joyful one. Are you looking for additional ways to save money as a homeowner? Let us help!