As the cold months seem to get colder, it’s important to remember winter home care. Putting in the necessary work early could save you money over time. Here are some easy ways to winterize your home this season:
Change Furnace Filters
Remember to clean or replace these at least once a month during the winter. When the filters get dirty, it restricts airflow in the home, which can increase energy demand. By cleaning the filters monthly, you’ll be saving money throughout the winter.
A ceiling fan isn’t just useful in the summer, it can be extremely useful in the winter too! Reverse the direction of fans to a clockwise direction so the warmer air pooled near the ceiling will circulate in a downward motion towards the floor.
Consider lowering the temperature of your thermostat when you’re not home. Why pay for something you’re not using? Simply program the thermostat to a lower temperature while you’re out, and have the heat crank back up an hour or two before coming home. Don’t have a programmable thermostat? You can find one on Amazon for $40!
Weatherproof Your Windows
It pays to seal up your windows. By adding caulking or weather-stripping to each window, you’ll fill up any existing leaks, which will keep the heat in, and the cold out.
Another way to weatherproof your windows is to add insulation film. This will help prevent the heat from leaking outside. The best part? They’re super cheap and easy to apply!
It might not be the most fashionable option, but adding draft guards to doors and windows can prevent the heat from escaping. Want to make one instead? DIY the draft guard by using scrap fabric and filling it with kitty litter for weight. Don’t want to put in the effort? Try rolling up a towel and putting it at the base of windows and doors.
While there are hundreds of ways to winterize your home, we hope these tips help keep your electric bill low and your house warm. Small changes around the house can lead to major savings throughout the winter.