It’s time to prepare your home for the colder months ahead! Check out these tips for winterizing your home and staying cozy in your Maine home.
1. Install Storm Windows
Swap out your screens for durable glass. Storm windows will greatly improve thermal efficiency and consequently reduce your heating costs. Already have storm windows? Consider installing a storm door to further insulate your home.
2. Caulk Gaps and Cracks
One of the best ways to keep out cold drafts is to fill in the gaps and cracks your home. If you’ve caulked gaps in your house in the past, check those areas again to see if they need to be refilled. Not only will caulking keep you warm this winter, but it will also lower your heating bill.
3. Insulate Drafty Areas
Fill in the drafty spaces in your attic, basement, and between walls with fiberglass insulation. Experts recommend stuffing at least 12 inches of insulation to maximize heat retention. Take caution when installing fiberglass insulation; wear goggles, gloves, and a face mask to avoid skin irritation and protect your lungs from inhaling small particles.
4. Swap Out Furnace Filters
Regularly changing your furnace filters (every 2-3 months) is especially beneficial in the wintertime. A fresh filter improves air flow, maximizes heat efficiency, and keeps the air in your home clean. If you use disposable furnace filters, consider buying a reusable electrostatic filter that you simply clean every month.
5. Wrap Your Pipes
Tired of waiting minutes for your water to heat up before showering? Looking for a way to keep your pipes from freezing? Wrap your water pipes with foam insulation and secure with duct tape. This is a simple and inexpensive way to improve hot water efficiency and prevent freezing pipes–especially when you live in an area where the temperature drops to 20ºF or lower!