Prepare Your Home for Winter by Caulking Your Windows

Winterize Your Home Interior to Maximize Energy Efficiency

With the lower temperatures and snow piles of winter, homeowners face the reality of increased energy bills. Even if you love cold-weather activities, you won't appreciate the added financial stress that comes with heating your home. Thankfully, you can ward off the higher costs of winter by following these seven tips for winterizing and energy efficiency your home now.

Put Up Plastic

This is one of the easiest ways to keep the warm air in your house from leaking out. Virtually every hardware store sells plastic indoor window insulator kits that are inexpensive, easy to put up, and able to reduce energy costs.

Seal and Winterize Windows

When the temperature drops, even the slightest draft can turn costly — not to mention uncomfortable. For this reason, it's important you thoroughly inspect your windows and replace any deteriorating seals with a fresh coat of silicone-based caulk.

Insulate Exposed Pipes

Many homeowners choose to save money by keeping their basement at a lower temperature than the rest of the house. In order to maximize the cost-saving benefits of this plan, you should insulate the pipes running through the basemen. This can be easily accomplished with a foam cylinder that wraps around the pipe and can be cut to fit any length.

Reverse All Ceiling Fans

It's a basic fact that hot air rises. What this means is that you can waste a lot of money heating the ceilings and other areas above your family's heads. The simple solution to this problem is to reverse their ceiling fans so the hot air circulates and is pushed down to where people live.

Seal Off Unused Rooms

Some folks feel it helps to close off a room nobody uses instead of paying to heat it. After turning off the heat to the room, many homeowners install insulation around the windows and the inside of the door. Adding a draft guard to the bottom of the door is an additional way to make sure the cold air inside doesn't seep into the rest of the house.

Insulate the Basement

Your basement can really eat up a lot of energy, simply because the heat pumped into them naturally wants to rise and escape. For this reason alone, it's vital that the walls and windows are properly insulated, even in unfinished basements. Rolls of fiberglass insulation are the most efficient solution.

Change the Furnace Filter

A new filter is one of the easiest ways to ensure your heating system works efficiently. Replacing a filter not only optimizes performance of your furnace, it improves the longevity, too. And at barely $10 a filter, there's no excuse not to invest in a new one.

Though winter might seem long, preparing for it is crucial. These seven key tips offer a sure way for you to save money in the winter by maximizing your home's energy efficiency before the cold weather arrives.

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