How To Winterize Your Home

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It’s not too late to winterize your home and make sure you’re not driving your power bill up, or worse, that you might have a safety issue! If you have an older home, it may be time to update your home with better, more efficient technology. Of course, if you build a home in Asheville with Bellwether Design-Build, we are sure to use the latest and greatest technology to build a well insulated and energy-efficient house!

Here are some tips that you can use to winterize your home:

  • Cheap trick: Plug those drafty doors with a draft guard!
    • The better solution is to make sure you have quality storm doors
  • Cheap trick: Add window insulation film to your windows
  • Weather-stripping and caulking can also help seal up those pesky drafts
  • Check for bigger gaps such as loose roof shingles, chimney or foundation issues or any large holes that could leave you with bigger air leaks.
  • Have your fireplace checked to make sure that it’s clean and safe.
  • If you’re not using your fireplace, your chimney is drafty too. Have a pro install a quality damper or a chimney balloon to help block the draft.
  • Make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working and have fresh batteries
  • Add more insulation. Make sure your attic floor and basement ceiling are well insulated
    • Make sure your attic hatch or pull down stairs are well insulated
  • Clean your gutters to allow for more water flow and less ice build-up
  • Clean up dead tree limbs that are close to your house or property. You don’t want a large limb falling on your home or car during a winter storm!
  • Change your air filters so that your HVAC system can function more efficiently and to the best of its ability
  • Have an HVAC contractor perform a checkup on your HVAC unit once a year. Also have them test and seal your ducts.
  • Shut off the AC unit water valve to prevent water from collecting and freezing in there. Same thing if you have a sprinkler system…
  • Reverse your fans so that the warm air is blown back down from the ceiling
  • Insulate your water heater and your pipes! Insulating your pipes can help save you money and help ensure that your pipes don’t burst, which would be a big bummer.
    • If the temperature of your pipes drops below 32 degrees, it could cause a fracture.
    • Know where your main waterline shut-off valve is, in case of an emergency!
  • Shut off outside water spigots and disconnect hoses.
  • Turn down your water heater
    • We love tankless water heaters or even solar-powered!
  • Lower your thermostat (even just a smidge will save you money!)
    • Get out your blankets, socks and sweatshirts and bundle up rather than turning on up the heat
    • Get a programmable thermostat to make it easy