Ten Winterizing Tips for Homeowners
Prepare for colder temps ahead with Rockingham Insurance
As temperatures cool down and heating bills begin to rise, it’s no surprise winter is coming. Homeowners can plan now with these tips and cost estimates to ensure a warm, safe house this winter.
- Check to make sure water flows freely through the gutters to prevent freezing and icicles from forming.
- Cost: FREE
Flush Water Heater
- The different buildup can collect at the bottom of your water heater. To ensure the efficiency of the unit, flush the water through the drain valve to keep the heater functioning at its best.
- Cost: FREE
Install Draft Guards
- Heat tends to escape under the door in drafty rooms. To prevent this from happening, place draft guards under the door to prevent heat loss (and save some energy).
- Cost: $10-$20
- Scheduling a time for a regular change in your filter system will significantly improve its efficiency. Changing the filters is recommended to be every three months, but more often throughout the wintertime at once every one to two months.
- Cost: $20-$40 for a pack of filters
Program Your Thermostat
- For every degree you lower your thermostat to, you can save an average of 1% off of your home’s energy bill. When using a programmable thermostat, it’s best to lower your temperature during the day when fewer people are home.
- Thousands of fires originate on an annual basis through improperly cleaned chimneys. A certified chimney sweep can confirm the structure of your chimney and remove any debris that may cause a fire to start. For more information on finding a certified chimney suite, please visit the Chimney Safety Institute of America at csia.org.
- If you choose not to use your chimney, it can be a huge source of heat loss. If it’s not active, plug it up with a chimney balloon to prevent heat from escaping.
- If you feel extra drafts coming from windows and doors, you can easily caulk those spaces to save some energy and heat this winter.
- Cost: $10 for a caulk gun, $5 for a tube of caulk
- An alternative (and less permanent) method to caulking could be adding weather-strip tape to the edges of doors and windows.
- Cost: $5 – $10 per roll
Clockwise Ceiling Fans
- Switch your ceiling fans move in a clockwise motion to have warm air being pushed from the ceiling down to the floor.
- Cost: FREE
Have your HVAC system inspected
- Hiring a professional to inspect heating ducts could save you in the long run. Sometimes, heated air can escape from the ducts before it ever makes it to your vents, costing you some money by the time Spring comes. A professional will be able to see if any leaks in your air duct system are there and assist you with sealing them.
- Cost: Depends on Professional
Being prepared this winter is easy when you plan ahead. Also, save on a home and auto bundle from Rockingham Insurance with a local agent.