If you’re someone who happens to thoroughly enjoy the winter season, we can certainly relate. There’s something that is really exciting about the possibility of seeing snow, dressing up in our wool sweaters and heading out to the local malls to get a bit (or a lot) of holiday shopping done.
As a matter of fact, for many of us, if there is a “down side” to the winter months, it would probably be the fact that our energy bills tend to significantly increase as we do all that we can in order to stay warm and toasty inside while it’s bitterly cold outside.
Well, if you’re looking for a few ideas on some things that you can do to prep your home for winter and also save yourself a few extra dollars when it comes to energy costs, we have three that will be sure to make this season easy on your budget below.
Make a few purchases. We certainly understand that the last thing that you probably want to do is go out and spend a lot of money, but trust us when we say that by making these few purchases, you will see a big difference in your energy costs. First, get a programmable thermostat and set it to between 73-75 degrees (that’s high enough to keep your house warm no matter how cold it may be outside). Next, get a couple of ceiling fans and set them to rotate counterclockwise (that will pull the heat that has risen closer to where you are sitting). And finally, get a tankless water heater (those are created to only run when you need hot water).
Prep your windows and doors. The biggest causes of drafts are leaks that come from our windows and doors and usually it’s due to small holes or cracks that are around them. To prevent this from happening in your house, the first thing that you need to do is get a bit of caulking from your local home improvement store to fill those areas in. Secondly, make sure to add some storm shutters to your windows and that you put a bit of plastic or even a towel around the bottom of your front and back doors. Also, if you don’t have double-pane windows, a cool trick that you can do is apply a bit of bubble wrap to the interior side of your windows. It’s a really inexpensive way to block the cold air from coming into your house.
Service your HVAC unit, fireplace and your furnace. And finally, some things to consider before hiring an HVAC contractor is if they are willing to come and inspect your unit each winter to make sure that it’s running efficiently. However, also make sure that you contact a professional who can inspect your fireplace and your furnace too. Your fireplace should be checked for any signs of chipped brick, rust or deterioration and your furnace needs to have its pipes cleaned, filters changed and the technician also needs to make sure that there are signs of carbon monoxide leaks. If you do all of these things towards the end of the fall season, you will be sure to have a warmer and cheaper winter season at home.