We all know that Fall means colder, drier weather, but that doesn’t mean that you have to live in a colder, drier house as a result. In this blog post, we’re going to take a look at 5 ways that you can easily prepare your home for fall and winter without breaking your budget.
1. Install weatherstripping and door sweeps to your doors. A surprising amount of heat escapes your house (and cold gets in) through small cracks on the sides, top, and bottom of your outside doors. If you aren’t sure if your doors are leaking air to the outside of your house, try holding a lit candle to the edge of the door frame. If the candle blows towards you, it indicates a part of your door frame that is letting air out.
2. Run humidifiers throughout your home. You may not actively notice, but your home can get very dry during the fall and winter months. This not only affects your skin and lips, but can also make it harder to breathe. Running humidifiers throughout your home will keep things less dry and more comfortable. You may not have noticed the dryness, but you will notice the difference.
3. Install a programmable thermostat. According to EnergyStar, programmable thermostats can save you up to $160 a year on fuel costs. They are relatively easy to install, and allow your heating system to lower (or raise) the temperature of your house while you are away. If you use a heat pump, do not use a programmable thermostat unless it is built for use with heat pumps.
4. Insulate hot water pipes. In your basement, or crawl space, you can find the pipes taht run the hot water through your home. If these pipes are exposed, you are losing heat through them, and the same goes for cold water pipes for the first three feet they enter your house. The solution is to buy pre-slit hollow-core foam pipe insulation and snap them on those pipes. Bring pipe measurements to the store when you buy them.
5. Reverse your ceiling fans. All ceiling fans have a small toggle switch on the side that sets them to either clockwise or counter-clockwise. During the winter, your fans should be set to clockwise, and running on a low speed. This lifts the cool air to the ceiling, and pushes the warm air back down to your level. This will allow you to set your thermostat a few degrees lower, and enjoy the energy savings.