Home Weatherization Tips
As cooler weather rolls in to Monmouth and Ocean Counties, it’s important for homeowners to consider the weatherization, or weatherproofing, of their home. Weatherization is particularly important for homeowners in the northeast, as it offers protection from such elements as snow and freezing rain. These home weatherization tips will help you save money and energy on your home heating costs while still keeping your family comfortable throughout the season.
Clean off your roof. Make sure your roof is as clear as possible before the winter months roll around. Leaves and twigs can freeze together in the fall and winter, weighing down on a roof and posing the threat of damage. To avoid this problem, carefully climb onto your roof and clear away debris from gutters and the surface. While you’re up there, look for any structural damage, and have it replaced right away.
Check around your home for cracks, holes, and air leaks. Carefully examine your windows and doors for cracks in the framework. These could be creating a draft, which means cold air is getting in and the warm air from your home heating system is going out. To fix these issues, use caulking or weather-stripping to seal the surface and make it airtight. Fixing these minor problems can save you a lot of money on home heating costs in the long run.
Insulate your home’s piping system. Pipes can quickly freeze over when temperatures drop, causing them to rupture. Avoid this issue by wrapping pipes in a protective coating, which you can find at most home improvement stores. This will help prevent freezing and ensure your pipes are working optimally all winter long.
Service your heating system. Your heating system is one of the most expensive appliances in your home, so it’s important to take care of it. Schedule a service appointment for your heating system to ensure it’s in the best working shape to keep your home warm this season.
Seal your fireplace. If you have a fireplace and don’t use it, plug and seal the chimney. Not doing so allows the warm air from your heating system to escape, raising the price of your heating bill and leaving your home feeling chilly.
Check your insulation. Your home’s insulation is one of the driving forces of retaining warmth during the winter. Heat rises right into your attic, and if your home isn’t properly insulated, all of that heat is escaping, leaving you cold and uncomfortable. Check your attic and make sure there is plenty of insulation. Look for any holes, and fill them in if necessary to keep your home cozy during the cold months.
Lower your water heater’s temperature. Lowering the temperature of your hot water heater can help you save a small percentage on your total water heating costs. Plus, regulating the temperature will help ensure you don’t scald your chilled hands during the winter months.