Winterizing your home in the fall before winter arrives will keep you cozy and warm inside and help control your energy bill, too. Try these simple solutions for common energy leaks and you will be on your way to improving your winter comfort. You might even save a few dollars in the process.
Windows and Doors
Ill-fitting doors and windows allow warm air to leak outside and let cold air filter in. Make it a routine to check the frames and fittings of your windows and doors in the fall before old man winter arrives. If you find any drafty spots, you can:
- Install Weather Stripping: Weather stripping comes in a roll with a sticky backing that can be cut and applied around the perimeter of doors and windows to ensure a tight seal when they are closed. If you notice a cold draft near windows and doors, weather stripping might solve the problem.
- Caulk Cracks: Check the frames of your windows and doors, and fill any gaps with caulking. Old caulking cracks and breaks over time and needs to be replaced occasionally.
- Use Draft Dodgers: You can buy draft dodgers made specifically for windows and doors, but you can also make your own. Sew a long tube and fill it with dried beans or peas and sew the end shut. You can even cut off the leg off a pair of tights and stuff it with dried peas, beans or popcorn kernels for a no-sew method. Tuck it into the windowsill or at the bottom of the door to prevent cold air from entering.
- Cover Windows in Plastic: If your windows rattle and shake in the wind, cover them with plastic to keep the wind out. There are a number of options in your home improvement center. If you are opposed to the appearance of plastic covered windows, try insulated window film instead. Although it won’t keep the draft out, it will prevent heat loss through the window pane.
Outside Faucets & Gutters
Don’t forget to turn off outside faucets and drain the lines before winter arrives. Otherwise, you might be contending with burst pipes in the spring when the weather warms back up. Likewise, now is a good time to clean the gutters to prevent a buildup of ice and snow in the winter.
Attics and Crawl Spaces
Insulate attics and crawl spaces to keep your home cozy and reduce energy costs. Crawl spaces let in cold drafts that cause pipes to freeze, while poorly insulated attics allow heat to escape through the roof. This in turn contributes to the buildup of ice and creates ice dams that are difficult to reach in winter.
Now is the time to get your furnace serviced to make sure it is in good running order for the winter. Have your HVAC contractors replace the air filters to prevent problems with airflow to your furnace. Keep extras on hand so that you can change them during the winter, if needed.
If you have questions about other ways you can save money on your energy costs, talk to your HVAC contractors at Buckeye Heating & Cooling and ask about other types of heating installation, such as heat pumps or new thermostats that may be appropriate for your home.