November 21, 2014

In case you haven’t looked outside, it’s clear that winter was so excited to get here that it started a little early. While snow may be beautiful, the cost of heating your home in winter’s frigid temperatures can be ugly. Last year’s “polar vortex” strained heating systems and wallets.

We want to make sure you’re not caught off guard this year. It’s time to winterize your home. By taking a weekend to winterize your home, you can save money in energy costs while ensuring that both your home and your family weather the frigid temperatures in comfort. The following tips can give you the most bang for your buck when it comes to your work and energy savings ratio.

Insulate Well

For value and effectiveness, fiberglass insulation continues to be the product of choice for savvy homeowners. Make sure to pack it tightly around the windows – especially in those rooms that get little use – as well as around doorways and window air conditioners that cannot be removed. Your attic floor is another, often-overlooked area of your home that could probably use some insulation. For safety’s sake, always wear gloves when handling fiberglass insulation.

Replace Your Thermostat

If your home’s heating system is not being controlled by a programmable thermostat, you could be missing out on the opportunity to save a great deal of money this winter. According to the United States Department of Energy, you could realize a savings of as much as one percent on your energy bill for each degree that you lower your thermostat.

This doesn’t mean that you have to lower your thermostat while you are home. Instead program your thermostat to reduce the temperature while you are out of the house all day at work or school, and set it to bring your home back up to the level of warmth that you desire in time for your arrival at home.

Caulk It Up

Those small holes and gaps that allow cold air to seep into your home can really make a difference in your energy costs this winter. It’s important to caulk not just the exterior gaps in between the siding and your doors and windows, but also the interior gaps as well. This will likely mean that you will have to pull off the moldings so that you can access those gaps in the insulation.

Schedule a Tune-Up For Your Heating System

A cold winter can be demanding on your heating system. It can strain parts that were already stressed. Scheduling a tune-up now before the big freeze sets in can pinpoint any problem areas and get your heating unit in top shape for the long heating season ahead. This preventative step also helps ensure that you won’t be calling for emergency repair service in the middle of winter.

You are also likely to be able to schedule this visit at a time that best fits your schedule as HVAC companies often see a lull in their service during this time of the year. Take advantage of this lull now to ensure that you have plenty of comfortable warmth for your home and family now and long into the winter months.

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