Tis the season to be freezing!
It’s that time of year again, the fun holiday season, and cold weather is here. It is important to take certain measures to make sure you and your home are protected during these cold months. Following these tips will not only help make your home more comfortable, but could potentially save you money on your energy bills as well!
1. Get rid of door drafts
You know that small opening on the bottom of your door? Sometimes the wind blows through it and makes that eerie sound? That could actually be one of the main reasons your heating bill is so high! According to Energy.gov, drafts are the main waste on your energy bill each month. A super simple solution to this problem a DIY door snake. Just roll up a towel and put in front of the opening. Or, purchase a draft stop from your local hardware store for super cheap! Fine one here at HOME DEPOT.
2. Change furnace filters
This is something almost everyone always forgets about. Changing your furnace filters. It is easy and quick to do! Make sure to change them once a month during the cold season because the dirty filters will restrict the airflow. This results in higher energy demand. Also, frequently changing your filters will help keep your furnace healthier longer. It’s much better to purchase a cheap filter once a month then a new furnace! It will help with allergies too!
3. Run fans in reverse
This one may sound funny, but did you know your ceiling fans can run in reverse? Hot air rises, so if you have taller ceilings your hot air can get trapped up high. Turning the fans in reverse will re-circulate the air and bring the hot air back down. This can actually save you up to 10% on your energy bill!
4. Turn down your thermostat
It’s super easy to crank up the thermostat every morning it’s bitterly cold out. But did you know that for every 1 degree the thermostat is turned down, could save you up to 3 percent on your energy bill? Something to look into is a programmable thermostat. You can program these to turn down when your not home and turn back up just before you arrive back. You can purchase one for around $40 on AMAZON
5. Winterize your AC units and shot off outdoor water lines
One thing you do not want to deal with is frozen pipes… it’s much easier to winterize water lines to the hoses then it is to re-pipe your home. Also, it may be a good idea to purchase a hard faucet cover for your outdoor hose. This will help prevent from freezing.
If your home has an evaporative cooler (swamp cooler) then go ahead and shut off and drain those lines as well. Also remove any window units so you don’t have drafts come through your windows.
We hope this helps you become more comfortable in your homes this holiday season!