Now is the time to be cranking up your thermostat. This year though, the price of doing so may actually be higher than you might think. According to the EIA Americans will pay around 18% more for heating costs than they did in 2016.

So here are some helpful tips on winterizing your home so you can try to keep those heating bills down.

Prevent Drafts

Issue: Cold air is entering from the gaps below your doors and warm air is rushing out.

Resolution: One of the easiest methods of preventing drafts is to use the good old-fashioned draft-snake. Draft-snakes were initially made popular during the Great Depression and are a great to prevent energy being wasted.Don’t have a draft-snake? No problem! Simply roll up a towel and play in front of the gap at the bottom of your door.

Add Bubble-Wrap to Your Windows

Issue: Because your windows are as old as your great-grandparents, cold air is pouring through the cracks

Resolution: Taping bubble-wrap onto your windows will trap the pockets of air that cause your house to cool down. Although it might look crazy, the bubble-wrap still allows light to come into your home, while preventing loss of heat and therefore saving you money.

Fill In All Gaps With Caulk

Issue: Even the tiniest of gaps in your windows, doors, or holes in the walls are letting cool air in and therefore raising your energy costs.

Resolution: One good way to find that holes and gaps that need to be cover is to have a good friend stand outside the suspect window/door/wall with a hair-dryer while you hold a lit candle light inside. If the hair-dryer blows the candle light out, then it’s time to seal those cracks with caulk.

In addition, inspect the caulk around your windows and doors outside to see if it has degraded over time.

Reverse the Spin of Your Ceiling Fans

Issue: The air in your house feels hot and static, however switching on a fan just produces cool air.

Resolution: If you have any ceiling fans inside your house, reverse the direction of the blades. When the fan blades rotate counter-clockwise then cooler air is produced in the room. Clockwise rotation produces warmer air. So reverse the fan to a clockwise direction to make sure you’re retaining as much hot air in the room as possible during winter.

Manage Your Thermostat

Issue: You obviously want your house to be warm in winter so you keep the thermostat high, however, your wallet is paying the price of the higher energy costs.

Resolution: Set your thermostat to 50 or 55 degrees when you go to sleep and work. You will not get any benefit from the warmer temperature level while you’re sleeping or away from your home. Even better, purchase a programmable thermostat so you’ll never forget to change the settings.

Ditch that Window A/C system

Issue: You suspect that cool air is slipping through the sides of your window A/C system.

Resolution: During the winter season, you probably won’t be utilizing your window A/C system so remove it from your window or buy a quality tarpaulin to cover the complete system.

Turn Off Your A/C Water Valve

Issue: You have an A/C with a water valve that you think has been dripping causing congestion to your pipes.

Resolution: Shut off the A/C water valve to prevent excess water from gathering in the pipes. Drain all of your water pipes.

Lower Your Hot Water Heater’s Temperature Level

Issue: You’ve unwittingly kept your hot water heater on the default setting.

Resolution: Conventional hot water heater are normally set at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, however a lot of homes just require a setting of 120 degrees to be comfy. Inspect your hot water heater and lower them to 120 degrees.

So now after reading this article you should be better prepared for weatherizing your home for winter

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