Top 8 Winterizing Tips
Every year homeowners ask us what are the best things they can do to prepare their home for winter and save as much energy as possible. So we created this list of top eight winterizing tips that every homeowner should think about when the cold winds begin to blow.
1. Open drapes during the day for light and warmth and close at night to hold in heat. By opening drapes during the day you reduce the build up of moisture trapped against the cool glass surface. This can reduce the chance of mildew buildup around your windows. (This mildew is caused by moisture buildup not faulty windows)
2. Use exhaust fans only when needed, your home can use the moisture and exhaust fans remove heat. Most home dry out during the winter and bathroom exhaust fans while removing much of the moisture also remove much of the heat in a room so consider allowing some of that helpful moisture to remain.
3. Keep all heat registers clear and replace furnace filters every month to save on energy use. Every home looses heat during the winter months. The trick is to replace that heat as efficiently as possible.
4. Check with your local utility company for a free energy audit and insulation upgrade credits. Many local utility companies offer free or low cost energy audits to help homeowners find the source of heat loss in their homes. Many also offer homeowner incentives for upgrading necessary insulation in their homes.
5. Clear all house gutters to eliminate gutter overflow that can damage your homes foundation. Leaves left uncleared in your gutter will clog downspouts causing ice to build up and overflow in the winter. This will cause water to run down the face of your walls and windows on days that thaw.
6. Check edges of window and door trim for gaps and caulk or seal to eliminate drafts. Small cracks or gaps beside window frames especially in older homes are a big heat waster. Press in place caulk is a simple fix to this problem.
7. Keep your thermostat at 68 or below during winter months and consider a programmable thermometer. It has been proven that by keeping your thermostat at 68 degrees or less you can save 10% or more on your annual heating bills. Add to that a set back thermostat to lower temps even more when you are working or sleeping and the savings can double.
8. Consider plastic over interior windows to help reduce drafts and heat loss. With the new shrink to fit products you can save energy with older windows while still maintaining a great view from your windows.
The experts here at Building Materials are equipped with all the products listed above and are here to help you select the best products for your home winterizing project as well as sharing other money saving home maintenance tips.