4 Weatherizing Tips To Get Ready For Winter
When is the best time to weatherize your home and get it ready for winter? Before winter sets in. But if you want to create a warmer, more energy efficient home, it’s never too late to take action and ensure your home is the best it can be.
Weatherizing is simply the task of improving efficiencies of your home. The benefits are many, including a house that feels warmer and operates more effectively too.
Start with a programmable thermostat
This is one of the easiest things you can do to make your home operate more efficiently. Why heat or cool a home if nobody is in it? Yet it can be difficult to remember to adjust the thermostat every time you leave your home. For most of us, we live on a schedule. We rise at the same time every day. We leave home at the same time every day. We return the same time every day. With a programmable thermostat, you can set the times accordingly to ensure your house is comfortable when you’re there to enjoy it. Upgrade even further and you can control your thermostat with an app. If plans change, simply adjust it through the app.
Use a ceiling fan
Ceiling fans aren’t just for the summer. You can use them to feel warmer in the winter too. Ceiling fans come with two rotation modes: clockwise and counterclockwise. In the winter, set your ceiling fan so it recirculates the warm air as it rises and sends it back down where you can feel it. This can be especially effective in a home with higher ceilings.
Check and replace your air filters
We can’t say this enough; it’s one of the easiest ways to ensure your heating system is working as efficiently as possible. A dirty air filter slows down the air flow and makes the system work harder. That means wasted energy and a greater chance of having your equipment wear out before its time.
Every home has leaks; they’re unavoidable. As your home ages and settles, things don’t fit together the way they once did when it was built. You can find leaks around doors and windows. You can have leaks where insulation separates from beams and joints. And your conditioned air can leak through them all. A professional can perform energy audits and find where your leaks exist. Then you can seal them and add in more insulation, making your home a warmer place to live.
Before the coldest temperatures of the year settle in, why not make your home the warmest it can be? Let us help you with all of your weatherization needs.