One important consideration you may have for your custom home is energy efficiency. After all, the winter can be a difficult time for keeping energy costs down while also maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home. In order to make sure your home is ready for the winter cold so that you can remain cozy the whole season through, there are some important steps to take. Here are some ways to get your home ready for winter.
Install Storm Windows
Installing storm windows (and storm doors) can dramatically increase your home’s energy efficiency. The reduced drafts and airflow resulting from storm windows will allow you to keep your home warmer, even through the most bitter winter cold. With fewer drafts, your home will be better insulated, keeping temperatures comfortable and energy costs down the whole season long.
Fix Drafty Doors
Drafts can make a huge difference in your heating bill. Plus, drafty doors can cause false thermostat readings, resulting in inefficient temperature control and high energy bills. Simple solutions, such as draft snakes, can help significantly. By using a rolled up towel, a fabric snake filled with sand, or any number of crafty draft-stopping options, you can stop drafts from flowing beneath your doors and keep your home efficiently heated.
Turn Down Your Water Heater
Your water heater will typically come set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit by your installer. But this default is actually quite high. Lowering the temperature to 120 degrees can decrease your energy costs and result in an overall more comfortable shower.
Change Your Furnace Filter
A dirty filter in your furnace can cause a lot of problems. Not only will it prevent your furnace from working efficiently, but a dirty filter can also cause bad air quality and restrict the airflow in your home. Be sure to change the furnace filter once a month during the winter to ensure it’s running efficiently.
Get Your Heating System Checked
Lastly, be sure to call a professional for regular heating system maintenance. By getting a regular inspection and tune-up, you can ensure your heating system is working efficiently, safely, and is not in need of any major repairs.
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