Winterizing your home is important so you stay warm all winter long and most importantly save money while doing it. Tackle the outdoor tasks before it gets too cold and then winterize the indoors.
Before it gets too cold out take care of your gutters. The best way to take care of them once and for all is to have gutter protection installed. LeafFilter is America’s No. 1 rated professionally installed gutter guard system. Having LeafFilter installed will prevent the headache of dealing with roof, structural and foundation issues. Since its micro-mesh screen is 50 microns fine, nothing but water will enter your gutters, eliminating the need for any future gutter cleaning.
Another task to take care of before the winter comes is to have your roof inspected for any possible damage. Look for early signs of leaks, cracked caulk and missing or broken shingles. Search for signs of roof leaks such as damp spots along fireplaces or peeling paint under roof overhangs. Keep in mind how old your roof is. If it 15 years old or more it may need replaced. Find a professional roof inspector in your area by using HAAG Certified Inspector.
Once you have tackled the outdoors, start your indoor projects for even more savings. Your first task should be insulation.
Did you know by purchasing a window insulation kit for no more than $15 you can add a buffer against drafts and give your home more ability to hold heat? The window plastic is essentially invisible, easy to install and can be picked up from your local hardware store.
Additionally, add more insulation between walls and make sure your attic floor and basement ceiling are properly covered. Insulation can really pay off too. The federal government will reimburse homeowners up to $1,500 for highly efficient insulation. Take insulation one step further by insulating your pipes. Pre-slit pip foam can be found at your local hardware store and helps decrease the chance of your pipes freezing.
Below are more tips to help you rack up even more savings.
- Do you have a skylight? If so, check for any air leaks. If you have air leaks condensation can build up leaving you with a moldy ceiling and skylight.
- Drafts in a home can waste 5 to 30 percent of your energy use. Place a rolled up bath towel under a drafty door to no longer waste energy.
- Replace or clean furnace filters monthly to avoid restricting airflow and increasing energy demand.
- Installing a storm door can increase energy efficiency by 45 percent, simply by sealing drafts and reducing airflow. Storm doors and storm windows are great options for saving on heating costs.
- Save up to 5 percent of heating costs by giving your heating system a tune-up. Clean, lubricate and properly adjust your furnace to see the savings add up.
What tips and tricks do you use to winterize your home? What are your average cost savings? What works and what doesn’t work for you? Let us know in the comments!