Winterizing Your Home
Now that the first snow is fallen the denial is over... Winter is here, and for most of us that means higher heating bills. To cut down on cost there are some easy tricks to winterize your home without breaking the bank. Popular Mechanics has come up with a comprehensive list of 19 Ways to Winterize Your Home.
Cover Up Drafts
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5%-30% of your energy use. An option for covering the space under the door is a draft snake which you can either make yourself or purchase.
Change Furnace Filters
Furnace filters should be cleaned or replaced once a month during the winter months. You can also consider switching to a permanent filter which can trap around 88% of debris instead of only 10%-40%.
Run Fans in Reverse
Switching to a clockwise rotation makes it warmer since air pooled near the ceiling is circulated back into the living space.
Winterize A/C & Water Lines
Drain any hoses and air conditioner pipes, making sure there is no excess water in your equipment. Turn off any exterior spigots and shut off your a/c.
Turn Down Your Water Heater
Lowering the temperature from 140 degrees F to 120 degrees F reduces your water heating costs by 6%-10%.
Install Storm Doors & Windows
This can easily increase energy efficiency by 45%, sealing the drafts and reducing air flow. They also offer better light and ventilation into your home.
Keep Your Furnace Clean
A clean and lubricated furnace can save up to 5% in heating costs.
Turn Down the Thermostat
Make sure you turn down your thermostat when no one is home to save on efficiency. For every degree lower the thermostat is set during the winter months saves 1%-3% on the heating bill.
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