by Cooper Climate Control
When the winter rolls around, you know that it’s time to get out your snow boots and your winter coats, but do you know what to do about your house? Houses need to be prepared for the winter as much as people do, and if you want to stay warm without emptying your wallet this winter, there are a number of different things that you can do. Check out these tips to stay warm and comfortable until the warm weather comes back!
Even if your house is made out of stucco or cement, there can be gaps where cold air seeps in and warm air leaks out. The primary offenders tend to be your windows, where there are cracks all along the frame. One way to make sure that your windows stay tight is to look for plastic sealing, which looks like a giant roll of cling wrap. Follow the directions to envelop your windows, stopping the cold air from getting inside.
Cold air also drifts in from under the doors, and this is particularly bad in older houses. If you are tired of feeling that chill as you try to walk around in bare feet, think about making a draft stopper. Sew a long tube of fabric and fill it with uncooked rice or sand. Then fold the ends down twice and sew them shut. Leave them along the bottom of any door that leads outside, up to the attic or down to the basement. For a fun and fanciful touch, think about sewing them out of old ties.
Check Your Filters
The filters in your heating system do fill up with dust and debris over time, and this blockage prevents them from working efficiently. Part of saving money and energy this winter is definitely going to be making sure that your home heating system works well. Chances are good that it needs to be cleaned out, if not replaced! Remember that filters do not last forever. If you are unsure where your filter is, check your manual or call Bell Brothers.
More and more families are realizing that they can save an impressive amount on their utility bills by purchasing a programmable thermostat. Essentially, this device allows you to decide how much you want to heat up your house and when. If you are out of the house for eight to ten hours a day, you’ll find that you don’t need it kept warm. If you program it to start up about thirty minutes from the time that you are regularly home, you’ll be able to come home to a warm home without having spent cash on keeping it heated up all day!
For many people, keeping warm over the winter is a high priority. Make sure that you consider what steps you can take to keep your home warm throughout the cold months. You’ll find that simply making a few changes can really affect your home’s efficiency and your savings!