winterize your home

Winterize Your Home to Protect Your Home

Simple tips that anyone can use

The days are getting shorter, the temperature is falling, and wintertime is right around the corner. Before the snow, ice, and freezing weather arrive, take steps to winterize your home. With just a little bit of work around the house you can keep your heating bills low and protect your home from wintertime extremes. Here is a general checklist:

  • Clean Your Gutters – Cleaning out your gutters so that water can flow down them freely helps prevent dangerous icicles from forming on the side of your home.
  • Flush Your Water Heater – Over time, particles and sediment will collect in your water heater and reduce its energy efficiency. Flushing them out ensures that your water heater is prepared to work perfectly.
  • Reverse Your Fans – Hot air rises. Make sure that your ceiling fans are set to spin in a clockwise direction so that they push hot air away from the ceiling and towards the floor where you can feel it.
  • Replace Your Filter – Swapping out the old and dirty air filter in your furnace for a new one can help it to produce more hot air with less energy.
  • Install Insulation Film – Installing window insulation film can cut down on your heating bills significantly. Newer types of film are a lot easier to install and a lot harder to notice.
  • Put Draft Guards in Place – Keep more of your hot air inside and more of the cold air outside by simply slipping draft guards onto the bottom of your exterior doors.
  • Apply Weather Stripping – The small spaces around your windows allow valuable HVAC to leak out. Spend a few minutes applying weather stripping to stop the leaks.
  • Insulate – You don’t have to be a home improvement expert to put some extra insulation in your attic or basement. You should also consider putting it around windows, window AC units, and in unused rooms.
  • Program Your Thermostat – If you have a programmable thermostat, set it to lower the temperature in your home when you are not away. Even a degree or two difference can save you a lot on your heating bill.
  • Caulk – If there are any other gaps between the inside and outside of your home, fill them in with caulk.
  • Inflate a Chimney Balloon – If you don’t use your fire place during the winter, make sure that hot air is not being lost out of your chimney by inflating a chimney balloon.

 

Winterize Your Home Permanently

It only takes a few hours to effectively winterize your home.  But even with all these measures in place, hot air will leak out and cold air will leak in if you have older windows and doors. The simple solution is to replace them with well-insulated, energy-efficient upgrades.  The improvement is significant, the cost is modest, and the impact is long term. Find out just how accessible this solution is by getting a free estimate from Penny Window in St Louis.

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