Saturday, December 21, 2019, is officially the first day of winter and the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting that this year will be brisk and wet. Through you still have a few weeks before we say “goodbye” to fall, winter weather could move in before then and you need to be ready. Here are a few ways to prepare your home for chilly temperatures without breaking the bank.
- Weatherstripping. Check your home’s exterior doors for cold air leaks. An easy way to do this is to move a lit candle around the door frame. The flame will blow toward you when there is a draft. To fix this, install foam or felt weatherstripping inside the door frame.
- Add a Door Sweep. A door sweep is a flexible piece of rubber or plastic that is held to the door’s lower edge. It will keep drafts from entering your home under an exterior door.
- Close the Damper. Heated air flies up the chimney when you leave the damper open.
- Add Attic Insulation. Insulation keeps warm air inside in the winter. Insulating your attic, basement, or crawl space can get expensive, however, it will save you money in the long run.
- Replace Furnace Filters Monthly. Dirty filters reduce furnace efficiency and push up heating bills.
- Keep Your Furnace Running Smoothly. Servicing your furnace regularly helps you catch problems before expensive breakdowns, prolong the furnace’s life, and keep it running more efficiently.
- Insulate the Hot Water Heater. Save on fuel by wrapping older water heaters in a blanket of insulation.
- Set the Temperature and Leave It. Set your thermostat to one temperature in the morning, another at night, and otherwise, leave the thermostat alone.
These are just a few ways to prepare your home for cold weather. You can see the full list at MoneyTalkNews.com.
Prepare for Snow and Freezing Rain
Getting your home ready for ice is a little different than preparing for cold temperatures. Check out our blog from 2018 for tips on getting your home ready for the next big freeze.