Winterization is the process of preparing for winter. When it comes to your home, winterizing is especially important to mitigate the adverse effects winter can have on your place of residence and the costs associated with those effects.
If you’re like many Americans, you were probably unimpressed with your electricity bill over the holidays. With sunset coming as early as 4 p.m., gatherings of friends and family, and the general decrease in temperature, you might have noticed a spike in your utility bills, most notably, your heating costs.
Following the tips below may help to reduce your heating costs and improve energy efficiency:
There are several ways you can prevent heat loss;
When the sun is out, you’ll want to keep curtains open to allow sunlight to warm your home. Once the sun has set, think of your drapes as window blankets that provide another layer of protection against the cold air.
The drier it is in your home, the colder it will be. Using a humidifier will warm up your home since moisture in the air retains heat. Your body will let you know if it’s too dry in your home if you find yourself feeling itchy or your skin is cracking despite moisturizing.
Getting a professional to inspect your HVAC system annually can improve the performance of one of the more complicated systems in your home. Not only will regular inspections improve energy efficiency, but it also prolongs the life of your HVAC system and keeps your home safe.
If you keep turning up the heat but don’t feel like its getting any warmer, it might be time to change your filter. Changing a dirty air filter improves air flow, which will help warm air travel throughout your home. A clean filter also prevents your HVAC system from being overworked and using more energy to function.
Last but not least; you should be wearing layers in the winter. Put on a sweater and curl up with a blanket if need be to keep the temperature on the thermostat 70°F or below.
Unexpected expenses like a sky-high heating bill or emergencies like a broken furnace can leave you scrambling for cash or requiring a loan to help pay for them. Investing a little time and money in winterizing now can save you from significant costs in the future.