You may not be thinking of all the snow and ice that will be heading our way in the chilly months to come, but now’s the time to prepare your home for the winter. Here’s a few simple cost-saving fixes to help you prepare your home for the winter that will not break the bank.
1) Invest in a Programmable Thermostat: Would you like to pay to heat your home when you’re not there? The answer is quite simple. Of course not! Programmable thermostats will allow you to adjust what temperature your home will be throughout the day even when you are not there. They can store and repeat multiple daily settings, which can allow you to plan your week according to the weather forecast. According to the Department of Energy, “by turning your thermostat down 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill — a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is 8 hours long.” (energy.gov/energysaver/articles/thermostats)
So pile on those blankets while you sleep! Turning the heat down at night and during the day while you’re not home will save you money. For all of you smart phone users out there, we have something here at Page’s that might interest you. The Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat is enabled via smartphone, tablet, or computer. It allows you to adjust the temperature in your home when you are out. To learn more please click the following link: http://yourhome.honeywell.com/home/Products/Thermostats/7-Day-Programmable/RTH8580WF.htm
2) Tune-Up: Tuning up your heating system may be an additional cost, but it will save you in the long run. “Having an annual tune-up preformed on your heating system can save you up to 10% on your annual fuel costs.” (www.jjsullivaninc.com). This will allow your furnace to run more efficiently, and save you money all winter long. Make an appointment with a local professional to tune-up your heating system, sooner rather than later. You’ll be happy you did! We recommend:
3) Seal Doors: Anything in your home that opens to the outside can let a cold draft in, especially your doors. It is important to make sure to air seal around your doors and invest in a door sweep/draft stop. This will stop cold air from entering as well as keep the warm air from escaping. We sell all types of door insulation and draft stops here at Page’s.
4) Seal Windows: Just because your window is closed, does not mean there will be no cold air creeping into your home from outside. When windows are first installed, they are sealed to the frame to keep the cold air out and warm air in during the winter. Over time, this seal will break down and gaps begin to form. How long ago were your windows installed? If it’s been too long to remember, you should check to see if these gaps exist around your windows. You can do this by holding a piece of ribbon near the edge of the window. If the ribbon starts moving then you will know there is a draft coming in. This means it is time to caulk around your windows. Don’t know how to caulk your windows? Click the following link for an easy walk through.
We have all the products you need to make your windows air tight for the winter.
If you want to save money on your heating bill this year, these are just a few of the many ways to prepare your home for the cold weather that is near. Don’t wait too long, winter will be here sooner than you think.