Now that it’s the fall, everyone should be thinking about winterizing their home to save them on heating costs this winter. The seasons are changing, and the temperature’s dropping, and you want to have your house ready for the cold months before they’re here.
Not only is it a lot harder to winterize after the snow’s already on the ground because services are in higher demand and it’s more difficult to perform work, but it’s also a waste of money. You need to eventually winterize your home, and you might as well do it sooner rather than later because the longer you wait the more savings you’ll miss out on. Here are a few things you should do now to save on your heating bill this winter:
1.) Install a Programmable Thermostat
If you’re still using a traditional thermostat, you should make the switch to one that’s programmable before winter kicks in! Most people are gone during the day at either work or school, and it’s a tremendous waste of energy to be running your furnace during those hours. And even if you turn the thermostat down before you leave in the morning, and back up when you get home, your furnace will have to work so hard to quickly get the home back up to the temperature you won’t be saving much energy. A programmable thermostat will turn the heat down both while you’re at work and during the night while you sleep, and gradually bring it back up in the morning and evening.
2.) Seal and Insulate Your Home
Insulation and sealing are the key to weatherizing. In fact, if you add up all the leaks, holes, and gaps in an average home, it’s the equivalent of keeping a window open every day of the year! You can tell if your home needs insulation if the temperature in or between rooms seems uneven, and your house has “hot spots” and “cold spots.” Those cold spots are usually the result of a draft. The highest priority area of your home for insulating is the attic because heat rises and if it has an escape path it will take it. Insulating and sealing has other benefits, too—it keeps your home quieter, safer from pests and air-borne irritants like pollen, and improves your home’s humidity. If your house was built before 1980, it’s very likely that its insulation is not up to standard, and you will save between 10 and 50 percent on your heating (and cooling!) bills every year with proper insulation.
3.) Install Window Film
Window film is a year-round energy-saving investment for your home that will pay off in a number of ways—it protects your furniture from fading, reduces glare inside, and keeps your home cooler in the winter. But most importantly this time of year is how window film can substantially reduce your home’s heat loss. Our Solar Control “Low E” film can reduce your energy loss by 30 percent, as compared to regular glass. If you have thermal pane windows on your home, the improvement will be slightly less but still significant— 15-20 percent! Not to mention that you won’t be blinded by the glare coming off of any snow!
If you want to get a jump on the temperature drops, contact us at Brower Tinting & Graphics!