It is often best to think about winterizing your home before cold weather hits. However, don’t fret if you’ve put off the chore until now. It is still possible to take at least some steps to winterize your home before winter gets going in full force. Some of them are actually quite easy and inexpensive.
1. Add More Insulation
Insulating areas like attics, basements, unused rooms, etc. can help to boost heat retention. Depending on the space itself, you may opt for either spray foam insulation Maryland or the fiberglass variety.
2. Install a Chimney Balloon
Does your home have a chimney that you do not use? If so, you can use a chimney balloon to plug the hole and prevent heat loss and drafts.
3. Use a Programmable Thermostat
It doesn’t make sense to heat the home while you’re not there to experience it. With a programmable thermostat, you can arrange to have the heat turn down when you’re not there and then turn back up to a comfortable level when you are.
4. Block Drafts
Increases in heating costs are often caused by air leaks and drafts. There are a number of ways that you can control these:
- Draft guards for your doors
- Insulation film for your windows
- Caulk in any cracks or crevices
- Weather-stripping where appropriate
5. Change the Furnace Filter
Longevity and efficiency of your central HVAC system can improve with regular filter changes. You might think about purchasing reusable furnace filters instead of disposable ones.
6. Reverse the Ceiling Fan Direction
Most, if not all, ceiling fans have a switch that allows you to change the direction of rotation. During the summer, the fan will blow cool air down on you if you allow it to turn counterclockwise. In the winter, however, changing the fan’s direction to spin clockwise helps to circulate the hot air that gathers near the ceiling throughout the room.
Though there may be outdoor aspects to some of these tasks, for the most part you can accomplish them from indoors. That means that you can take steps to make your home more comfortable and efficient now and save the other tasks until spring.