10 Ways To Winterize Your Home

By: Natalie Lewin

10 Ways To Winterize Your Home

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Change Furnace Filters

A dirty filter reduces airflow and increases energy demand. Put it on your calendar and check monthly. 

Run Fans In Reverse

Most people only think of fans are for warm days, but many ceiling fans come with a reverse option. Switching your fan to run clockwise makes the fan produce a warmer air. This can cut your heating cost by as much as 10 percent. 

Winterize Your A/C and Water Lines 

This tip can help year around. Simply drain any hoses and air conditioner pipes and make sure you don’t have excess water pooled in the equipment. 

Check for Drafts

Check for drafts and if you find them, you can roll up a bath towel and lay it under said drafty door. Or make a fun draft snake!

Give your heating system a Tune-up

Just like your car, your heating equipment needs a quick tune-up. Keeping your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted will help keep your energy use down.

Mind that Thermostat

Turn down the heat when you are going out! You can save between 1 and 3 percent of your heating bill. Don’t worry about thinking about it, there are plenty of programmable thermostats that will get the job done.

Put Up Some Plastic 

For just a few dollars pick up a window insulation kit at your local hardware store. The best part: Properly installed window plastic is essentially invisible. Adding a buffer against drafts and extra still airspace. 

Use Caulking And Weather Stripping

Simple leaks can sap home energy efficiency. Take a close look at places where two different building materials meet, such as corners, around chimneys, where pipes or wires exit and along the foundation. 

Boost Insulation

Insulation is one of the best ways to save energy and money at home. It can make a big difference to add more insulation between walls and make sure your attic floor and basement ceiling are well covered. 

Put on a Sweater 

It’s simple: dress warmer for the winter, even inside. Roughly speaking, a light long-sleeved sweater is worth about 2 degrees of added warmth, while a heavy sweater adds about 4 degrees. So get cozy and start saving.