As cold, harsh weather approaches, it's important to winterize your home. Winterizing helps keep your heating costs down, and ensures a healthy indoor environment for you and your family. Here are 5 tips for winterizing your home:
1. Check the weather stripping and caulking underneath doors and around windows. Caulking window frames helps eliminate cracks that can lead to heat loss, and prevents water damage. If your windows are old or in need of repair, consider replacing them with new energy-efficient windows.
2. Upgrade existing attic insulation. Inadequate insulation can't keep heat from escaping through your attic. Proper insulation lowers energy costs because the furnace doesn't have to work as hard to heat the home. Check with your utility company; some offer rebates on installing or upgrading insulation.
3. Replace your furnace's air filters. Clean air filters maximize the indoor air quality in your home, which helps keep you and your family from getting ill during cold and flu season. Restricted air flow can aggravate respiratory issues. Clean filters also save energy by helping your furnace run more efficiently, leading to lower energy bills.
4. Wrap exposed plumbing in your basement or crawl space. By insulating your water pipes, especially hot water pipes, you can raise the temperature by two or three degrees. This allows you to set your hot water heater at a cooler setting, saving energy costs.
5. Seal entry points around your roof, doors, and windows. Sealing helps keep bugs and rodents from entering your home as they search for somewhere warm when the cold weather hits. Spiders, stink bugs, and mice will have a tougher time getting in if you pay special attention to these areas.
For additional tips for winterizing your home, call Golden Seal Service Experts. Their professional technicians can also perform a safety check of your heating system to ensure there aren't any leaks or carbon monoxide issues.
Golden Seal Service Experts
1730 Wallace Avenue, Unit B
St. Charles, IL 60174