15 Ways to Winterize Your Home
Here in Michigan, we endure quite the weather throughout the year. Having said that, midwest winters surely aren’t fun when it comes to keeping your home warm and comfortable throughout the freezing temps and above-average snowfall. While you can always crank the furnace up a few notches, doing so will only increase heating bills and cause more work for your furnace. Plus, if your home isn’t properly insulated, you’ll be running that furnace even more to keep the outside air from affecting the temperature inside your home. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can winterize your home and stay comfortable all season long.
Here at Applegate Home Comfort, we’re committed to ensuring our fellow Michigan homeowners remain comfortable within their homes year-round—it’s in our name! With this, we provide top-of-the-line HVAC services, including all things heating and cooling in Lansing, MI! While we can ensure your furnace is good to go for the winter, we can also provide our customers with tips and information on keeping your home warm throughout the winter without constantly running your furnace. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks so you can winterize your home before winter hits each year, ensuring you’re comfortable and your heating costs stay low. Let’s jump right in.
15 Tips to Winterize Your Home
When it comes to winterizing your home, there’s truly plenty you can do to reduce heating and improve home comfort. Of course, you should still ensure your furnace is functioning properly, as well as consider insulating your home for maximum comfort year-round. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at the many ways you can winterize your home and beat those freezing temps. Check out the list below:
- Draft Guards: One of the easiest ways to reduce energy waste during is using or making draft guards for the doors of your home. While you can purchase them at a department store, you can easily roll up a towel to block the space between your door and the floor.
- Insulate the Windows: Unless you’ve installed our energy efficient windows, the windows of your home are probably to blame. You can purchase cheap window insulation film, or simply use bubble wrap or something similar, to insulate windows on your own. While not the best sight, it’s effective.
- Reverse the Ceiling Fan: While your fan will keep you cool in the summer months, reversing it to run clockwise will actually push the warm air that naturally elevates, back down toward the floor.
- Replace Filters: To keep your furnace running smoothly, and so it’s not overworked in the winter, ensure you regularly replace the filters. It’s easy to do and new filters are quite inexpensive.
- Utilize Weatherstrip: Easy and cheap, adding weatherstripping to your doors and windows will further prevent the outside air from entering the home.
- Use Caulk: Similar to weatherstripping, you can use caulk to fill any remaining gaps in your windows, siding, and doors.
- Install a Chimney Balloon: If your home has a chimney, chances are the heat is escaping through it. Chimney balloons are fairly inexpensive and are quite efficient in blocking off the chimney.
- Schedule your Thermostat: It’s easy to crank the thermostat when you’re at home, but by setting it to stay off, or at least a lower temp, while no one’s home will save you on heating costs.
- Remove Window A/C Units: While it may seem obvious, many homeowners fail to acknowledge how much heat can escape near your window A/C units. If you have one, remove it before winter hits.
- Keep the Water Heater at 120º: By default, most water heaters run at 140º F, but they really only need to be set at 120º to keep comfortable. Check what yours is set at before winter, and reduce it to 120º.
- Clear the Water Heater: Because debris can collect at the bottom of your water heater, it’s a good idea to flush it before winter comes to ensure it runs at peak efficiency. Simply flush it out through the drain valve.
- Insulate: Of course, adding insulation between walls, in the attic, and in the basement ceiling will surely help keep heating costs down.
- Clean your Gutters: Before the snow hits, ensure your gutters are adequately cleaned. Otherwise, water and icicles will start to build, which can lead to water entry and other issues within the home.
- Keep South-facing Windows Uncovered: While not the most effective, uncovering any south-facing windows in the home is easy to do and doesn’t cost a dime. It’ll allow any sunlight in throughout the day—any warmth helps!
- Get a Home Energy Audit: The experts at Applegate can come to your home and perform and energy audit to check for any areas of the home that may be affecting its energy efficiency.
Winterize Your Home with Applegate!
As you can see, you can do plenty within your home to remain comfortable throughout Michigan’s harsh winters, as well as reduce your home’s energy consumption and heating costs. For comfort year after year, you should also consider insulation and window replacement with Applegate!
If you’re interested in any of our services, be sure to contact us! You can give us a call at 517-337-770.