Top Winterizing Tasks for Your Home
BPT—If you shudder at the thought of
shivering through another frigid winter, building industry experts say now is
the time to consider winterizing your home. Several simple and cost-effective
measures can yield both immediate and long-term benefits.
- While instinct may prod you to increase the heat during
winter and keep your home toasty all day long, that's not always
cost-effective. Investing in a programmable thermostat allows you to
adjust the temperature remotely, lowering the setting when the house is
empty, and save money in the process. Modern thermostats let you monitor
the indoor temperature of your home remotely via your smartphone or
online. By keeping the temperature low when no one is home and programming
the thermostat to increase the temperature when everyone arrives home, you
could notice a 10 percent drop in your heating costs.
- Fall is also an ideal time to ensure your furnace is
functioning optimally. Schedule an appointment for a professional to inspect
and clean your furnace once a year. By doing so, you'll help your furnace
function more effectively and last longer.
- If ice damming on the roof is an annual problem,
consider taking measures to completely stop dams from forming. Major
damage can result from ice damming, so it's never too early to start
thinking about a long-term solution. Ice damming occurs when warm, indoor
air escaping through the roof melts snow on the shingles. The water then
refreezes as it runs off the roof, creating a barrier of ice at the edge.
Shoveling snow or chipping ice away can threaten life, limb and roof, so
it's best to consider more permanent solutions.
- While caulking or weather-stripping can help address
the gaps allowing the air to escape, the U.S. Department of Energy's Home
Energy Saver website says that proper air sealing, insulation and attic
venting are the best methods to stop ice damming from occurring. Spray
foam insulation is one modern material that both insulates and seals to
stop ice damming. Installed by professionals, spray foam insulation works
well in all climates to completely seal the building, filling every gap to
stop air leakage and stop ice dams from forming.
- As a long-term solution, spray foam insulation helps
maintain a comfortable temperature year round while helping to control
monthly heating and cooling expenses. Thanks to spray foam insulation's
air-sealing qualities, homeowners can reduce the size of their heating and
cooling equipment since less effort is required to heat or cool the home, according
- While air leakage can cause energy bills to sky-rocket
and ice damming to occur, a well-insulated home and economical winterizing
can help you get through the cold winter months.
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