With freezing temperatures around the area, it is important to prepare your home. Freezing pipes, unsealed windows and drafty doors are just a few things that can contribute to costly repairs and high utility bills. Follow these tips to help cut down expenses and keep your home warm this winter.
• Seal drafty windows and doors with plastic
• Keep all exterior doors closed
• Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets where water lines reside
• Consider insulating your pipes with heat tape or even newspaper
• Let cold water drip from kitchen and bathroom faucets to prevent freezing pipes
• Hang thermal curtains to prevent drafts
• Replace your furnace filter every three months
• Close off any rooms that are not being used and close the vents
• Keep closet doors closed to avoid heating unused space
• Install a dryer vent seal to prevent cold air from traveling back into your home
• Avoid using space heaters in large rooms
• Consider purchasing a programmable thermostat to decrease heating costs when no one is home
• Check that cold air returns are not blocked
• Use rubber strips or even towels along drafty doors
• Run ceiling fans in reverse; this helps push warm air downward
Heating bills will tend to rise in the winter months no matter how we prepare. But, by following these winterizing tips, you can help lower those expenses and avoid a costly repair such as a frozen pipe. Simply dressing warm and layering up while at home can have a big impact on your furnace usage.
We hope you find these tips useful in protecting your home and keeping warm during this winter weather.
Productivity501, “50 Ways to Winterize Your Home”