A Little Effort Now Will Save You Money All Winter Long
Its never to late to put in a little effort and time to save money and protect your property investment. Colder days are still ahead and after a cold weekend here in Raleigh with temperatures going below freezing, here are 5 ways to winterize your Raleigh home.
#1 Check the furnace and replace the filters
Turn your furnace on to make sure it’s working properly (expect a strong smell when firing up the furnace for the first time). If not already done, consider hiring a local Heat and Air expert to do a routine seasonal check-up and maintenance on your system. Make sure to replace furnace filters once a month during the heating season. This will increase airflow and decrease the demand on your system.
#2 Monitor and Adjust Your Thermostat
Raleigh homeowners can save money on heating bills by simply resetting their thermostats when they are asleep or away from home. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat. You can easily save energy if you winterize your Raleigh home by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away from home.
#3 Reverse The Fans
Most Raleigh property owners only use fans when they want to be cool. But many ceiling units come with a handy switch that reverses the direction of the blades. Reverse the direction of the ceiling fans, counter-clockwise, to push warm air downward and force it to recirculate, keeping you warmer.
#4 Wrap Those Pipes
Many homes in Raleigh have unheated crawl space. To prevent frozen pipes, winterize your Raleigh home by wrapping exposed plumbing with pre-molded foam rubber sleeves. This will help decrease the chance of pipe freezing which can be very costly. Not to mention, you will also pay less for hot water heating.
#5 Draft Stoppers
Drafts can waste 5 to 30 percent of your energy use. Make sure you use a draft snake or other form of a draft stopper. You can easily find draft stoppers at your local hardware store. Or you can also find some simple and inexpensive ways to winterize your Raleigh home at the following DIY draft stoppers ideas link. Much less expensive and can be made out of recycled materials.
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