Winter tips for homeowners to help Save
As a homeowner it is important to take the proper steps during the colder months to get your home ready for the winter. In Oldham County, just outside of Louisville KY, we typically have warmer temperatures all the way through October and sometimes in November. This makes for great preparation weather for a homeowner before the temperatures get too cold.
1. Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature for you based on your preferred schedule. By making these adjustments you could save up to 15% on your annual heating bill. Don't have a programmable thermostat? You could get into the habit of adjusting your thermostat manually. Once in the evening before you go to bed and again when everybody leaves for work and school in the morning.
2. Ceiling Fan
After a long hot summer of leaving the ceiling fans on they can be just as efficient in the winter. To do so, flip the switch (located on the base of the fan) to reverse the direction of the fan. This will help circulate the air, especially in large rooms with vaulted ceilings... …rooms with 16′ ceilings the temperature at the top of the room can reach up to 90°!! When below the thermostat reads only 68°. This can be extremely beneficial.
Eight Winter Tips for Homeowners
3. Water Heater
Try adjusting your water heater to a lower setting and insulating your water lines. This way the water will stay hotter as it travels throughout the house. How old is your hot water heater? If your hot water heater is older there is a slight possibility that the tank might not be insulated. If that is the case you may want to consider purchasing a hot water heater blanket to help insulate your out dated water heater.
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Consider having your windows re-glaze or even replacing them with highly efficient double hung windows. You would be surprise with how much heat you lose from your windows. New windows not in the budget this year? Try using something more affordable that can still save you through the winter…. …by using what 3M window insulator kits. You can easily and efficiently reduce the loss of heat drastically. Depending on how many windows you have, with less than $25 and a hairdryer you can get rid of those cold drafts coming from your windows.
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We all know that a poorly insulated home can be detrimental to having a energy efficient house. By educating yourself on what proper insulation is needed in your attic and through out your house you can drastically reduce your heating bill from anywhere from 10% all the way up to 50%!!!
Gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year depending on your home's surroundings. It is just as important to make sure the gutters are properly cleaned through the winter as it is through the spring. Backed up gutters and a poorly insulated attic can lead to ice damming up and clogged gutters. This can cause a lot of excess weight on your gutters, water seeping behind walls and also over flowing gutters that are not properly distributing water away from your homes foundation.
7. Water Spigot
Turing the exterior water spigots off and disconnecting your garden hose is a small and effortless task that can save you a lot of headache in theses winter months. You can also purchase covers for your water faucets to additionally help protect them from the bone chilling temperatures.
Your chimney may be one of the most overlooked and may just be totally neglected from preventative maintenance. Have your chimney annually inspected to check for deteriorating, water damage and other sign of wear and tear caused mother natures best.
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