The onset of winter means more wind, rain, snow and ice will be pummeling your house for the next several months. While you can’t control the weather, you can take steps to get your home ready for winter. With these tips, you’ll stay warm and dry while keeping your heating bills low all winter long.
Repair Your Gutters
If you noticed your gutters leaking this fall, now is the time to get them fixed. Leaky gutters are harmful to your home’s siding and foundation in any season, but in the winter, they can drip water onto the sidewalk or driveway where it freezes into a sheet of ice, creating a dangerous slipping hazard.
The experts at Accurate Insulation provide professional, affordable gutter repair just in time for the weather to turn severe this winter.
Increase Attic Insulation
The attic is often the most cost-effective location to increase insulation levels in an existing home. Because warm air rises, you can help trap heated air in your home where it belongs by adding an extra layer of insulation to the attic floor. The investment pays you back by lowering your energy bills and making your home more comfortable.
Let Accurate Insulation install the extra layer of attic insulation your home needs this winter.
Insulate Water Pipes
It’s easy to neglect your plumbing because it exists below the floor and behind the walls. However, it could be worthwhile to insulate exposed plumbing to reduce the chance of frozen pipes, decrease condensation and save energy by minimizing heat loss on the way to the tap.
Turn to Accurate Insulation for help installing water pipe insulation.
Air Seal Your Home
Drafts can decrease home efficiency in any season, but they’re especially noticeable in the winter when bitter cold air seeps in through holes in your home’s outer envelope. To stop this, you must seal your home’s worst air leaks, which are most likely found around windows, doors, light fixtures, attic floor penetrations and the chimney.
Replace the Furnace Filter
The primary purpose of a furnace filter is to stop dirt and dust from settling on your heating equipment. Of course, this means the filter itself collects debris, which eventually causes it to clog and restrict airflow. Keep your energy bills down and avoid undue wear and tear on your furnace by remembering to change the filter at the start of the heating season.
Set the Thermostat Correctly
As you change the thermostat from cooling to heating, make sure to set it appropriately for the winter season. We recommend keeping the interior at 68 degrees while you’re at home and 8 to 10 degrees lower while you’re away at work all day or sleeping at night. Stay comfortable by dressing for the season. Then, if you feel chilly, adjust the temperature by only a degree or two to avoid wasting energy.
The best way to maximize your savings without sacrificing comfort is to install a programmable thermostat if you don’t already have one. Set automatic adjustments based on your schedule, so you never wake up or return to a chilly house again.
Need Help Getting Your Home Ready for Winter?
The team at Accurate Insulation can assist with implementing these tips. Whether your goal is to avoid icy sidewalks, prevent frozen pipes or simply save money on your heating bills, we’re here to help!
Contact us online or call (301) 358-6411 today for all your insulation, gutter repair, and air sealing needs! We proudly serve the Washington, DC metropolitan area.