As a homeowner, it is important to take the proper steps to get your home ready for the winter.
A programmable thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature for you based on your preferred schedule. By making these adjustments, you could save up to 15% on your annual heating bill. Don't have a programmable thermostat? You could get into the habit of adjusting your thermostat manually. Once in the evening before you go to bed and again when everybody leaves for work and school in the morning.
2. Ceiling Fan
After a long lot summer of leaving the ceiling fans on, they can be just as efficient in the winter. To do so, flip the switch (located on the base of the fan) to reverse the direction of the fan. This will help circulate the air, especially in large rooms with vaulted ceilings -rooms with 16' ceilings can reach up to 90° at the top of the room!! When below the thermostat reads only 68° This can be very beneficial.
3. Water Heater
Try adjusting your water heater to a lower setting and insulating your water lines. The water will stay as it travels throughout the house. How old is your hot water heater? If it is older, there is a possibility that the tank might not be insulated. In this case, you may want to consider purchasing a hot water heater blanket to help insulate your outdated water heater.
Consider having your windows re-glazed or even replacing them with highly efficient double hung windows. You would be surprised with how much heat you lose from your windows. New windows not in this year's budget? Try using something more affordable that can still save you money throughout the winter. You can easily and efficiently reduce the loss of heat drastically with a 3M window insulator kit. Depending on how many windows you have, with less that $25 and a hairdryer you can get rid of those cold drafts coming from your windows.
We all know that a poorly insulated home can be detrimental to having an energy efficient home. By education yourself on what proper insulation is needed in your attic and throughout your house, you can reduce your heating bill drastically- anywhere from 10%-50%!!
Gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year depending on the surroundings around your home. It is just as important to make sure the gutters are properly cleaned through the winter as it is through the spring. Backed up gutters and a poorly insulated attic can lead to ice damming up and clogged gutters. This can cause a lot of excess weight on your gutters, water seeping behind walls and also overflowing gutters that are not properly distributing water away from your home's foundation.
7. Water Spigot
Turning the exterior water spigots off and disconnecting your garden hose is a small and effortless task that can save you a lot of headache in the winter months. You can also purchase covers for your water faucets to additionally help protect them from the cold temperatures.
Your chimney may be one of the most overlooked things in your home and may just be totally neglected from preventative maintenance. Have your chimney annually inspected to check for deteriorating, water damage and other signs of wear and tear caused by mother nature's best.