How to winterize your home in five ways

How to winterize your home in five ways

  • Sarah Villane
The weather outside may be frightfully cold, but that doesn't mean you need to be cold inside. Keep the chill out of your home and potentially save money on your heating bills by utilizing these five tips to winterize your home.

Give your heating system a check up

Along with getting an annual inspection of your fireplace, Popular Mechanics shares you should change your furnace filters and give your heating system a tune-up. They suggest having a clean, lubricated and properly adjusted furnace could save you five-percent on heating costs. Check with your local qualified technician to see what special offers they have on annual checkups. Who knows? It might even be free…

Draft dodgers

Use caulking and weatherstripping to plug any cracks that may cause cold air to creep in. Not in the DIY spirit? You could also buy door draft stoppers to put on the bottom of your doors in the winter. If staying warmer and potentially saving money on your heating bills isn’t motivation enough, the Department of Energy says air leakage can contribute to moisture problems that could affect the health of people living in the home as well as the house’s structural durability.

Reverse your ceiling fan

Thought ceiling fans were seasonal? Not so fast. During the warmer months, your ceiling fan spins counterclockwise to move cool air down towards people in the room. In the winter, however, you can reverse your ceiling fan so it spins clockwise (there’s a small switch on the fan’s housing) so it creates an upward draft and sends warm air throughout the room. Need a ceiling fan? We have plenty to choose from based on your room size and style. (We even have Wi-Fi and Apple HomeKit enabled ceiling fans that you can reverse through our app or by just asking Siri.)

Lower your thermostat

When you’re home and awake, set your thermostat to as low as is comfortable, then when you leave the home or are asleep turn it down a few degrees lower. This is something the Department of Energy suggests, adding lowering your thermostat ten to 15 degrees for eight hours can save five to 15 percent a year on heating bills.

Bundle up

When you turn down your thermostat, put on a sweater and get out extra blankets to help keep you warm and cozy. A plaid throw blanket always feels seasonal and festive, but we’re also obsessing over faux fur blankets for a cozy yet luxurious touch.