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LINDERMAN SNAVELY REALTORS, LLC SHED LIGHT ON HOW YOU CAN WINTERIZE YOUR HOME ON A BUDGET. PUTTING IN A LITTLE BIT OF WORK NOW, CAN MEAN STAYING COZY AND SAVING MONEY LATER.

It’s almost time to slide into your winter slippers and peel open an old book by the fire. The chilly season is nearly here and there are a few things to do before relaxing with a glass of eggnog in hand. Homeowners and renters need be aware of the things they can do to keep their home warm and save energy without emptying their wallets in the process. Learn about the interesting and unique ways to winterize your home on a budget.

1. CHANGE YOUR FURNACE FILTERS

Changing furnace filters is an easy task to miss, but extremely important for allowing a steady airflow and decreasing your home’s energy demand. If you will be changing your filter monthly (which is recommended), set a calendar reminder so that it doesn’t fall behind your other routine checks.

If your entire furnace is in need of replacement, it will be expensive. Thus, replacing an inefficient burner will save you every month through the heating season, according to Pro Exteriors.

 

2. REVERSE YOUR CEILING FANS

Counterclockwise rotation will produce a cool breeze, while clockwise rotation keeps the room warmer. Many ceiling units come with a helpful switch that reverses the direction of the blades. In doing so, the air being pooled near the ceiling circulates back out into the room. With this simple trick, you’re able to cut costs as much as 10%.

 

3. WINTERIZE YOUR WATER LINES

This simple hack will save you money next summer too. Simply drain any hoses and air conditioner pipes and make sure you don't have excess water pooled in equipment. Frozen water lines are the last thing you’ll want to deal with midwinter. If your A/C has a water shutoff valve, turn that off as well.

 

4. TURN DOWN YOUR WATER HEATER

While many conventional water heaters are set to 140°F by installers, most households don't typically need that much steam--and end up paying for it. Lowering the temperature to 120°F will reduce your water heating costs.

 

5. MIND THE DRAFT

Adopt the use of an inexpensive draft snake--or even better,  make one yourself. Using anything from an old towel wrapped length-wise, to scraps of fabric tied together and filled with sand can do the trick.

 

6. CHECK YOUR THERMOSTAT

Most households spend 50-70% of their energy budgets on heating and cooling, so why pay extra to heat an empty home? Keep a sign next to the door to remind anyone leaving the house to turn down the temperature. Some homeowners may want to take it a step further and install programmable thermostats.

 

7. UTILIZE CAULKING AND WEATHER STRIPPING METHODS

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, simple leaks can sap home energy efficiency by 5-30% a year. Take a close look at places where two different building materials meet, such as corners, near chimneys and where pipes or wires exit. Caulking or weatherstripping should be placed wherever there is a draft. Holding a candle near potential weak-points can help spot where the draft is coming from--look for the flame being pulled or flickering out suddenly in certain direction.


8. SEAL THE DUCTS

According to EnergyStar, homes with forced-air heating and cooling systems lose about 20-30% of the air that moves through the duct system as a result of leaks, holes and poorly connected ducts. As such, it may be worth it to hire a professional technician to test your duct system and fix any problems.

The number of precautionary measures you can take for winterizing your home are essentially endless. However, there are a few simple things that every homeowner can do to save dollars and energy at the end of the day. Keeping a warm home in the winter doesn’t have to be the nightmare it often tends to be--nor does it have to empty out your pockets. For more information on winterizing your home on a budget, contact Linderman Snavely Realtors, LLC today.