Protect Your Home From Winter Wear and Tear
The time has come to tackle some home winterization projects. Although it’s not winter yet, completeing these tasks now will save you from both a freezing home and a freezing chore later. Here are some important and simple winterization projects you can do to save energy and protect your house from Minnesota's coldest months.
The US Department of Energy estimates that drafts can waste anywhere from five to 30 percent of a home’s energy use. So spend some time figuring out where the air leaks in your home are located – usually around doors and windows, and gaps in the basement and attic. Caulk, weather-stripping and door sweeps can usually plug most air leaks in your home.
Have a programmable thermostat installed and never worry about your home’s temperature settings again. You can set the temperatures for your home according to your family’s schedule so that it is cooler when you’re sleeping, away at work, school or on vacation. Then, you can set it to warm up in time for dinner, when you’re home in the evenings and on weekends. It regulates and manages the temps for you and saves energy and money.
Double check you have proper insulation in your attic and crawl space to keep your warm heated air in, and the cold winter air out.
Have your furnace inspected by a certified HVAC technician before the heating season starts. The professional inspection will include a thorough cleaning and any necessary repairs, ensuring that your furnace is in its best condition to warm your home for the cool months ahead.
Don’t forget to clean your gutters and drain your outside spigots and hoses to avoid any winter water issues such as bursting pipes, leaky roofs and ice dams.
Winterizing your home doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal, and it’s worth the effort. Heating your Minnesota home the right way and completing simple pre-winter projects can save you money, energy and the worry of an ice cold house – even when our beloved Minnesota weather is windy and negative five.
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