Winterizing your home, the time is now!

By
Real Estate Agent with WJK Realty 0570241

Helpful and Quick Tips for Winterizing your home

It's fall and that means it's time to get your home ready for the upcoming cold weather. While Austinites may wear shorts on Christmas, that is not always the case. Living in the  normally warm climate found in Austin Texas, does not mean you can avoid protecting your home from winters effects. Check out the tips below for ideas on how to keep your home more comfortable and efficient this winter.

Seal Drafts- The most common areas of heat loss are: windows, electrical outlets and doorways. Add weatherstripping and caulk windows. Seal holes, cracks, and openings in your home to stop the flow of heat through the walls and ceiling. T

Keep Your Pipes Pumping- Pay less for hot water by insulating your homes pipes. This will also decrease the chance of pipes freezing. Remember to cover your outdoor faucets when freezing weather is immanent to avoid costly repairs! Faucet covers are very cheap and easy way to protect your homes plumbing.

Clean Your Homes Gutters - Once the leaves fall, remove them and other debris from your home's gutters so that rain, melting snow, and ice can drain properly.

Bundle Up - Every style of water heater can be made more efficient by simply wrapping it in an insulation blanket to prevent needless energy use. This really does make a difference, particularly if your water heater is located in the garage!

Turn It Down - Many conventional water heaters are set too high. Try lowering the temperature setting a notch or two. A lower setting may be hot enough. When you leave the house, turn down your thermostat so you aren't paying for heat you don't need - or to keep things easy install a simple programmable thermostat that will adjust the temperature automatically. They are not very expensive and will help you save money on energy bills year round! 

Furnace Care- A simple way to keep your home warm while cutting down on wasted energy is to replace your furnace filters and or cleaning them as needed. Typically changing your HVAC filter once a month is a good rule of thumb.

Insulate your home - One of the most effective ways to keep a home warm is to install adequate insulation. This is especially true in attics and crawlspaces. Insulation helps keep the home cool in summer and warm in winter. In older homes the insulation compresses over time and this reduces the efficiency of your insulation. So every ten years or so its a good idea to add a foot of additional insulation. Check with your local hardware store to see what the current guidelines are and how inexpensive it is to add.

Use Energy Star® - Energy Star qualified products help you save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Energy Star label can be found on more than 40 different kinds of products for the home including heating and cooling equipment, electronics, lighting, and appliances.

 

Betina Foreman - Realtor

www.AustinHomeGirls.com

Austin Texas

(512)771-6318

Comments (12)

Rebecca Nystrom
RE/MAX Renaissance - Phoenix, AZ

I have never thought of winterizing from this perspective (being in a warm climate also).  This was a great way of looking at it.  Thanks!

Nov 14, 2010 03:13 AM
Anthony Stokes-Pereira
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Nanuet, NY
Realtor

Winterizing your home is one of the best ways to ensure that you'll be comfortable this year, and help you save some green when it's so hard to find outside

Nov 14, 2010 03:15 AM
Shannon Jones
The Shannon Jones Team - Long Beach, CA
Long Beach CA Real Estate

I'm also in a warm climate, where you don't really think of doing "winterizing," yet these are all practical seasonal tips... Thanks for sharing.

Nov 14, 2010 03:16 AM
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

Dear Rebecca,

While its normally 70-100 degrees in Austin, we do get ice storms and snow occasionally. Better to be safe than sorry!

;)

Dear Anthony,

Saving some green seems to appeal to everybody! LOL I just try to help!

;)

Dear Shannon,

I know Long Beach has perfect weather 99% of the time, its that pesky 1% you have to be careful with.

;)

Nov 14, 2010 03:34 AM
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Never to late to start...but, the sooner the better.  Most little fixes will pay for themselves and more!

Nov 14, 2010 12:00 PM
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

So many folks just go from season to season without considering how it affects their home. Hopefully, after reading this post, they will!

Nov 15, 2010 12:48 AM
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

Dear William,

Its still pretty warm here. For example the high temp today is 78, but cool weather is just around the corner. You are so right, money spent on making your home more energy efficient will always help you save money!

Dear Craig,

You make a great point. Most of us don't think about the cold weather beyond turning up the thermostat. This time of year is perfect time to get those little projects done before it gets really cold!

;)

Nov 15, 2010 02:13 AM
Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ
Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ - Edison, NJ
Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven

Hi Betina, how is everything?

Good reminders as always!!!

Nov 15, 2010 09:55 AM
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
Broker,CLHMS,GRI

Hi Betina...I am actually looking forward to some cooler weather and the rare chance to build a fire on a few occasions! Hope you are doing well, maybe we can catch up sometime during the Holidays!

Nov 21, 2010 04:25 AM
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
Broker,CLHMS,GRI

Hi Betina, I just stopped by to wish you a belated Happy Thanksgiving!  We ran the Austin Turkey Trot yeaterday and here is what we caught for dinner...Not really, I would not know where to begin as far as preparation! Heck, I am thankful I could pick up a bird from the local market! ;-D

Russell's trotting Turkey

I hope you had a good one and...maybe even  decide to skip the whole "Black Friday" shopping madness and actually relax! Oh...and I owe you a call beck this wekend sometine!

Nov 26, 2010 06:07 AM
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

Dear Russell,

Thanks for the good wishes and right back at cha! I skipped Black Friday what a nightmare. Hey are you going to Houston RainCamp next week? I have to go to work out some details on a property I am selling there. Will I see you there?

Cheers,

Betina

Dec 04, 2010 07:15 AM
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I can highly recommend moving from a tank water heater to a tankless water heater. That way you don’t have to continually heat a tank full of water so that it’s ready when you need it! Saves gas and money and pays for itself very quickly!

Dec 04, 2010 02:52 PM