There is a crisp chill in the air, and as we all know, that means that winter is right around the corner. Before the cold is fully upon us, it is a good idea to start winterizing your North Iowa home now. This will give you plenty of time to make any necessary adjustments that are needed to keep you and your family comfy and cozy throughout the upcoming winter. Plus, you can find ways to help you save money on your energy costs! Complete these steps in your home before the temperatures drop!
Install an Energy Monitor. This tool will tell you where the most energy usage occurs throughout your home. This knowledge can help you address any energy sappers and save money all year round!
Turn Down the Thermostat. You want the home to be comfortable while you are in it, but the heat doesn’t need to be as high when no one is home. Turn down the thermostat a couple degrees whenever you leave.
Get a Window Insulation Kit. Pick up one of these handy kits from your local hardware store to add an extra layer of defense against cold air. Also, inspect the caulking around your windows so you can fix any air leaks.
Buy Door Draft Blockers. Similar to your windows, doors are a common area for cold air to come in and hot air to escape. Place a draft blocker or weatherstrip under all exterior doors. You should also consider installing storm doors for increased energy efficiency.
Add Insulation. Your home needs layers during the winter just like you do! Add extra insulation to the attic floor, basement ceiling, and between walls. Avoid the costly damage of frozen pipes by wrapping insulation around your plumbing as well.
Maintain Your Furnace. The furnace is key to keeping you and your family warm and healthy throughout the colder months. Be sure to change the filter to keep air flowing through the system and to remove irritants that can cause illness. Although you can (and should) change the filters yourself, be sure to hire a professional to clean the system and make any necessary adjustments. To save money on energy costs this winter and into the future, consider upgrading to an energy efficient furnace.
Clean Your Fireplace. A dirty fireplace can be a fire and health hazard for your family. Hire a professional chimney sweep to do an inspection and cleaning before you light the first fire of the season.