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