5 Easy Winterizing Tips That Will Save You Thousands
Living in a warmer climate, it’s easy to forget that you need to prepare your home for winter. However, winter is coming, and when it does, it can bring a flurry of issues to your home and large expenses.
Here are five economical winterizing tips that will help you save tens of thousands on unexpected and avoidable home repairs.
1. Take care of your pipes
Cost Saving: Up to $15,000
It’s amazing how much damage a few frozen pipes can do to your home. However, avoiding freezing pipes is rather easy and can be done with little to no cost.
First, remove your garden hoses from your outdoor faucet and drain them. Then add a faucet protector to keep cold air from getting into your pipes.
Most faucet protectors are inexpensive, but you can also make one yourself. Start by wrapping your pipes in layers of old newspapers. Cover the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture. Finally on a very cold nights let faucets drip a little to avoid freezing.
Should your pipes freeze, make sure you know how to shut off your water.
2. Clean your gutters and save your foundation
Cost Saving: $20,000 – 30,000
As the leaves fall off the trees they can often pile up in your gutters. Water that does not flow through your gutters often comes off your house like a waterfall leaving water to pool around your foundation.
Water around your foundation can be very damaging, resulting in significant and expensive repairs.
3. Service your furnace and extend its life
Cost Saving: $4,000
Keeping your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted will reduce energy use, saving up to 5 percent on heating costs. Proper care will also extend the life of your furnace saving you thousands.
Another easy cost savings is replacing the furnace filters which cleans the air in your home and also keeps your furnace coils cleaner, which can shave up to 15% off your energy bill.
4. Get a fireplace inspection and cleaning
Cost Saving: Your home and possibly your life
A favorite activity on a cold winter night is cuddling up in front of the fireplace. But a dirty furnace can put you and your family at risk of a fire.
Schedule regular maintenance and cleaning services to keep your family safe and warm.
5. Stop the drafty air from entering your home
Cost Saving: 5 – 30% less in energy use
Do you know how much warm air is leaking from your home and letting the cold air in?
Here are the most common culprits of drafty air:
- Window sills
- Fireplace or dryer vents
- Anywhere something inside pokes a hole to the outside
Insulation strips and caulk are simple and inexpensive solutions to drafty windows and doors. If you find that cold air is still sneaking in, rolled a bath towel under a drafty door or window-seal until a more permanent solution can be put in place.
Winterizing your home does not need to be expensive, however the cost of not winterizing your home can come at a significant cost.