Extreme Weatherization Tips for Your Home

by c21commonweath_ldowling 14. January 2014 16:06

There’s weatherizing your home, and then there’s preparing for the Polar Vortex. It’s not every day that portions of the Niagara Falls freeze, but that’s what happened early January, as the Midwest braced for dangerously cold temperatures. If we’re lucky, we won’t have to face something as severe as a polar vortex ever again, but if you own a Boston home, it’s important to know the following weatherization tips that will preserve your investment and your own warmth during severe temperatures.

Make Sure Your Windows Aren’t Drafty

Energy waste of up to 30% can be created by drafts and poor window insulation. If you don’t have vinyl siding, you can caulk your windows (with latex caulk, you can paint on it afterward). You can also acquire a window insulation kit from any hardware store. Door foam can help with door related drafts.

Make Sure Your Furnace Filters Are Clean

Filter cleanliness isn’t just important for the sake of it. A dirty furnace filter restricts air flow and makes it harder for heat to get to you. Increase your energy efficiency and stay warmer and safer this winter by making sure your filters are clean.

Make Sure Your Pipes Are Ready for the Chill

It’s one thing to look at a heating bill and be surprised it’s higher than you expected. It’s quite another to run around the house stopping up a burst pipe and mopping up the mess. On your trip to the hardware store for window caulk, pick up fiberglass insulation if you have any unprotected pipes in garages, basements or other cold nooks and crannies of the house. Ensure water to your exterior valves is shut off inside the house and lines are drained. If you are gone for the day, leave the heat on (at 55 degrees or so), and make sure it stays on if you are gone overnight.

Surprise Ceiling Fan Tip

You may think ceiling fans should be out of commission during the winter months, but in fact they can help you save energy during the coldest months of the year, as well. Try making the blades run clockwise, reversing their normal direction. As a result, warm air will be pushed downward. It can save you as much as 10% in heating costs depending on how many fans you have in your home!

 

When it gets cold, there are many steps you have to take to make sure your house stays warm, your bills stay low, and you stay safe. If you are a Boston home owner, let us know what tips you follow and think are most important to keeping bills down and keeping your home secure through the winter.

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