In Central Minnesota, we have seen a bit of the winter weather that will befall us over the next few months. The good news is that it is not too late to winterize your home. Your house needs to get ready for the cold months ahead just as much as you do. Winterizing your home can keep your home warm, save you energy and money, and protect your house from possible damage.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Although an indoor pool sounds wonderful, an unexpected pool is not very exciting. If pipes are left unattended, they can freeze and burst. If you don’t keep water moving through your pipes, try insulating them or investing in a freeze alarm to warn you if temps get too low. Wrapping and insulating your pipes will make them more energy efficient and protect them from possible harm.
Clean The Gutters
In the fall, leaves can collect in your gutters and clog them. This can cause water to back up and freeze, which may lead to ice dams that block the path of melted snow from your roof. Check to make sure your gutters are clean and while you’re on the ladder, look for any gutter leaks or misaligned pipes that may cause water to drain into your home. Water from your home should be drained at least 10 feet from your house.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
Did you know on every ceiling fan there’s a switch that allows you to reverse the direction of the blades? Make sure your fan is turning clockwise; this will push warm air down. This easy switch will help you stay a little warmer this winter, meaning you can turn the thermostat down a few degrees.
Replace Your Air Filters
By changing out your air filters a few times a year, you can improve the efficiency of your home’s heating system. It also improves the quality of the air circulating around your home. This is a cheap and easy way to make your home more energy efficient, especially since a new filter costs only about $10.Insulating Your Home
Adding fiberglass insulation can help you save big on your energy expenses. In order for your home to be properly insulated, you need at least a foot of insulation in your attic. Unless your home was built specifically to be energy efficient, chances are good that it could use more - especially older homes.
Seal Your Windows & Doors
Window insulation is an essential step to keeping heat inside your home. Window insulation film can keep as much as 70% of heat from leaking out your windows. These small layers of plastic can help you save big in the long run. Use a draft guard to help stop heat from leaking under the door. If you do find any leaks around your doors or windows, add weatherstrip tape or caulk to seal it. If it seems like a major leak, consider replacing the window or door.
Recruit A Professional Set of Eyes
While no one knows your home quite like you, it is important to have a professional check your home for any unexpected problems. In the winter, you will use certain parts of your home that haven’t had much use in recent months. It is important to make sure nothing has been damaged since last winter. Have your inspector check the heating and ventilation system, as well as your chimney or fireplace.
The cold is here, but your home should stay warm. Winterizing your home can help you stay warm and save money. By taking these simple steps you can keep your home efficient and safe from harm.
If you don’t feel comfortable or don’t have the equipment to tackle these tasks on your own, browse the array of professionals within the Central Minnesota Builders Association, or contact us directly here.