With the recent drop in temperature, the beginning of the crazy Ohio winter season is fast upon us. Not only can you make this winter a warm one, you can also save money as well. Winterizing your home is a sure way to save money and increase the efficiency of your home. A few simple tips can help reduce your monthly utility bill and improve the overall value of your home.
Call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean your ducts, and switch to a high efficiency electrostatic filter for your furnace. It’s also a good idea to switch out your old thermostat for one that can be programmed to certain temperatures and times.
Windows & Doors
Make sure you seal cracks and possible entry points with exterior elastomeric caulk, and add or replace weather stripping around doors. If you have glass storm windows, install them, but if not, you may want to consider purchasing them. Storm windows are generally inexpensive, easy to use, and will pay for themselves in a short period of time through savings in your utility bill.
Brick & Concrete
Often the only thing preventing water damage and rot from the exterior of your home is the caulking in these areas. Check areas where wood trim comes in contact with brick, and siding comes in contact with concrete. The larger gaps should be filled with a siliconized acrylic concrete caulking.
Prior to applying caulk, be sure to prep the surface by doing removing all loose and/or old caulking. Scrape and/or sand the surface, while priming the surface before applying the caulk will also aid in adhesion.
October and November is a prelude to the colder temperatures regardless of where you live in the country. Using several simple measures to help keep the cold out of your home, can help keep more money in your home. Did you know that there is only one state in the United States that has never experienced a 0 degree temperature? It’s Hawaii.