As the mercury dips this winter, heating and energy prices tick upward. In order to keep those costs down, winterizing your house could be an easy fix.
According to US Climate Data, average temperatures in Ohio during the winter vary from as low as 20 degrees to highs of just barely 40 degrees.
Although scientists and weather experts predict a warmer winter this year due to El Nino, it is still important to take the right measures in winter-proofing your homestead.
Here are a few tips for getting it done —
Plug up drafts.
Using what are known as “draft snakes,” these plush pieces of fabric plug up the cracks beneath doors, keeping the winter winds out.
Clean your furnace filter.
When filters are dirty and clogged, the heat produced by the furnace will not radiate throughout the house nearly as well, which means your furnace will need to work harder.
Run fans in reverse.
During the summer, your fans should run counter-clockwise, pushing air down and creating the wind chill effect. In the winter, reversing your fans direction (clockwise), will draw air up and force warm air downward.
Turn down the thermostat.
When you leave your house, reducing the temperature can save on your heating bill. But don’t turn the heat off. An unheated house could lead to big problems.
Use plastic on the windows.
Placing a layer of plastic outside of your windows adds an extra barrier against the winter wind. When installed properly, you can’t even tell the plastic is there.
Wear a sweater.
As easy as that may sound, layering your clothing is a fantastic way to stay warm at home without having to turn up the heat.
Insulate your pipes.
This is a simple solution in keeping your water hot. Heat is not lost when traveling from the heater to the faucet.
Seal your ducts.
Studies have shown that 10-30% of air escapes through your ducts. If they are well-sealed, that air comes through the house and is not lost.
Look into energy saving equipment.
Not only do some of these options better the environment we live in, many states offer tax credits and breaks for the utilization of these products.
Turn down the water heater.
Water heaters are generally fixed about 140 degrees. However, lowering this to about 120 degrees could save you up to 10% on your monthly water bill during the winter.
Simple solutions can be very beneficial to your comfort and your wallet. There are a multitude of options for winterizing your house and saving your on your energy bills. These are just a few, but with some research, you can find even more!