Now is the time to be winterizing your home and making it cost effective. Everyone knows winter can be brutally cold.
Drafts can waste 5% to 30% of the heat that is in your home. Doors and windows are a major part in this, so to protect your home from losing heat consider using a draft snake (which you can easily make yourself).
The most important thing you can do for your home this winter is to insulate your pipes, no one wants cracked or broken pipes. This can help decrease the chance of pipes freezing, which normally is disastrous. By doing this you reduce heat loss and can raise water temperature 2 to 4 degrees hotter. You also won’t have to wait as long for hot water when you turn it on.
Winterizing you’re A/C and water lines can save you a few pennies next summer which can make a big difference. Simply drain any hoses and air conditioner pipes and there is no excess water in the equipment. Making sure to turn off exterior water spigots and make sure to seal any water leaks around the place. Don’t forget to remove any window A/C units and store them so you don’t invite cold air in. Giving your heating system a tune up can seem inconvenient but this could save you time when it really gets cold later on. Keeping your furnace clean and properly adjusted will save you up to 5% of heating cost, and don’t forget to change those air filters. It’s important to replace or clean your air filters this could cause the airflow to be restricted and increase energy demands. Disposable fiberglass filters trap 10 to 40% of dirt and dust, consider changing to a permanent filter which will reduce waste and hassle. A more permanent air filter such as an electrostatic filter traps around 88% of dust and grim.