Autumn is here but winter is fast approaching. With the holidays and so many family and work commitments coming up, it can be easy for anyone to forget to winterproof their home. The truth is that taking just a little time to winterize your home will end up saving energy, money, and headaches so you can enjoy the winter with a little less stress. Here are 5 ways to winterproof your home this fall.
Change Your Furnace Filter
Clean filters are easier on your heating and ventilation as well as your air conditioning. When you fail to change out these filters it shortens the life of these systems and ends up costing you money. Energy Star recommends checking your filter every month and if the filter looks dirty to change it. At a minimum Energy Star recommends changing out your filter every 3 months.
Make sure to seal any cracks or gaps in your walls and foundation. You want to invest in foam and caulk and locate any gaps to prevent the cold winter air or unwanted critters from coming inside. Focus first on the attic since that is the area of the house that is most likely to have big energy drains. Then direct your attention to the basement to prevent cold winter air from entering and being sucked into the rest of your house.
Upgrade Windows And Doors
When it comes to windows in your home you want something energy efficient. Invest in double- and triple-pane windows to save money and keep your home warmer this winter. Another good investment is a glass storm door to prevent any winter drafts .
Make sure before winter hits that you install insulation around pipes and in your basement and attic. Insulation is a great investment for any home when you consider that it cuts down on heating costs and reduces sound and drafts.
Move Your Patio Furniture And Plants Indoors
Don’t forget about bringing in (or at least covering up) your patio furniture and grill. Make sure you drain water out of any garden hoses and store your hoses in a warm place, such as your garage. Any potted plants need to be inside but make sure to inspect them first for insects. You also want to remember to acclimate your plants properly for being indoors for winter. As Harold Taylor, a gardener at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, notes it’s important to “…remember that the outdoor environment of summertime is very different compared to the heated indoor environment of winter.”
With just a little bit of time, you can winterize your home making it warmer and cozier for you and your family to enjoy.