Whether you love or dread the frosty winter temperatures, we all like to save money while staying comfortable in our home when the temperatures drop. By taking a few simple steps towards winterizing your home, you can achieve both goals!
Caulk (or Re-Caulk) Your Windows
If you are noticing cold drafts of air coming from your windows, you are likely paying more on your energy bill than you would like. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your windows need to be replaced. Instead, simply applying caulk around your windows and doors will go a long way to seal in those air leaks. Need a refresher on the proper steps to apply caulk? Here are some step-by-step instructions!
Install a Storm Door or Steel Door
In addition to being your home’s first impression, your front door is also your first line of defense against wintry weather. New developments with foam insulation in steel doors have made them more energy-efficient that the traditional wooden or fiberglass doors. Steel doors are also very sturdy and weather-resistant. In addition to steel doors, storm doors also provide the homeowner with protection from the elements and prevent air leaks, making them another viable option.
Add New Insulation
Making sure your home is properly insulated can go a long way towards significant savings on your heating bills. Reduce any air leaks by adding insulation to attics, floors and crawlspaces. You can handle this project yourself, or you can hire a home energy audit professional to evaluate your house and complete this project.
Prevent Pipes from Freezing
Freezing water can wreak havoc by causing pipes to burst. Insulate all exposed pipes in your home to prevent damage before the temperatures drop, and investigate any water that might be dripping or pooling around your home. Taking preventative measures early on will save you time and money in the long run.
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