How to Winterize Your Home
If you don’t yet know how to winterize your home, there’s no better time than now to learn. Winterizing will help you save on your heating costs, and will also help prevent any home disasters due to ice, snow, or extreme cold. And it’s a lot easier to do than you might think.
It’s always more efficient to winterize your home than to deal with winter-related issues as or after they occur, and it also ends up being a whole lot cheaper too. In this blog post, we’ll go over all of the basics that you need to know in order to effectively winterize your home, plus our recommendations for the best programmable thermostats so that you can stay as comfortable as possible during the colder months.
4 Tips on How to Keep Your House Warm and Winterized
How to keep your house warm is as much of a consideration when it comes to winterizing as how to protect it (and you) from the outside elements. The four tips below will help you cover the basics of home winterization, and in the process, keep you a lot more snug and cozy inside.
- Seal your windows and doors
This is a good one to start with because it’s easy, cheap, and makes a huge difference in the internal temperature of your home. Sealing your doors and windows helps prevent cold drafts from making their way inside, in turn keeping you more comfortable and putting less stress on your heating system. It can also save you a lot of money—according to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste as much as 5% to 30% of your energy use.
To seal your windows and doors (also called weatherstripping) you’ll need sealing material. You can choose from plastic, foam, felt, and vinyl, and may want to layer various materials to create the most optimal seal.
- Have your furnace checked
An inefficient furnace will increase your energy bill and cause your home to have difficulties in terms of maintaining the right temperatures. It’s already recommended that you get your furnace checked on by a professional once a year or every other year, so make this part of your regular winterization schedule. A pro will look for leaks and blockages in the vent system, and will also make sure that your thermostat is properly calibrated. Be sure that you have fresh air filters installed as well, since dirty filters are a precursor to ineffective heating.
- Prep your pipes
Cold weather and ice can cause pipes to burst, which can require an expensive and inconvenient fix. As part of winterizing your home, take a close look at all visible pipes—both indoors and outdoors. Keep an eye out for any cracks, big or small, particularly around pipe joints and slits. If you find any, use caulk or duct tape to seal them off. This small step can make a huge difference, and can save you a ton of money in the long run.
- Install a smart thermostat
One of our best tips on how to save on heating bill costs is to upgrade to a smart programmable thermostat. These thermostats automatically program themselves for maximum heating efficiency, supplying warm air when and where it’s needed and reducing waste by lowering the heat flow when it’s not needed (such as when you’re not home or when you’re sleeping). As for our favorite picks, you can’t go wrong with a programmable thermostat from Honeywell, Braeburn, or Nest, though we feature lots of other great options as well.
Winterizing your home may require a bit of work and some upfront costs, but you’re guaranteed to save big—and stay more comfortable—during the winter months. Follow the tips above to keep it cozy until spring arrives.