While cold weather has already arrived, it’s going to get even colder in the next couple of months. There is still time to winterize your home to ensure your heating bills aren’t out of control during the snowy season. Here are 5 ways to winterize your home:
1. Replace your HVAC system’s air filters more frequently. Replacing the filters every 60 (instead of 90) days will keep them from getting clogged, which helps the furnace run more efficiently. This saves energy and lowers your heating bills.
2. Purchase a whole-home humidifier. Adding humidity to the air in your home during winter will help the indoor air feel warmer than it is. This allows you to keep a lower setting on your thermostat, helping to keep your energy bills down.
3. Add or upgrade attic insulation. Have the insulation in your attic inspected for leaks to make sure heat isn’t escaping. Similarly, check for and plug any holes or cracks around the exterior of your home. Check around windows, doors, and where the siding meets the home’s foundation. Use high quality caulk to seal any gaps. Check the weather stripping around all your exterior doors as well.
4. Install a programmable thermostat. This device allows you to adjust the temperature of the inside of your home according to when you’re there and when you’re gone. By programming it to run and heat the home only when people are there can save on heating bills. Most programmable thermostats also have settings for weekends and vacations, and smart programmable thermostats let you control them from anywhere using your phone or tablet.
5. Check that the air returns (the larger vents) in each room of your home aren’t blocked by furniture. When air is allowed to flow smoothly through your HVAC system, the furnace runs much more efficiently.
For more information about winterizing your home, please contact:
Golden Seal Service Experts
1730 Wallace Avenue, Unit B
St. Charles, IL 60174