Winter Is Coming — Why Should You Make Your Home Energy-Efficient?
There is a myth that winterizing your home is useless and tedious, but when you do it right, the results may save you money on your monthly bills!
Save a little green this winter season and discover why making your home efficient is a good idea in today’s post from Forest St Builders.
In the winter, keeping your house warm and comfortable may be challenging, especially if you're trying to cut costs on your electric or gas heating bill.
One of the best ways to keep your utility bills low and energy efficiency high is through mitigating air drafts and leaks. Be sure to seal windows and apply weather stripping to doors, and check for any unexpected heat leaks — gaps in insulation, an open damper on your fireplace, etc.
Pipes Aren’t Flexible
Water will be left in the pipes throughout winter if a watering system is not properly winterized. When the temperature drops below freezing, the water in the pipes freezes and expands, and because the pipes are not flexible, they can be in danger of failing.
The frozen water will cause the pipes to split, or cause cracks in the pipe, costing you a lot of money in the spring to replace the plumbing or repair water damage in your house.
An energy-efficient home eliminates frozen pipes, so it’s vital to make any fixes before the first freeze. Water expands as it freezes, placing tremendous pressure on the pipes. To prevent frozen pipes, open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate, keep your garage door closed, regularly run water through pipes to keep them clear and from freezing.
Remove Single-Pane Windows
Storm, double-pane, or triple-pane windows should be installed if your home does not already have them. Single-pane windows not only waste precious heat, but they’re also extremely drafty.
Windows that are tightly sealed keep the cold air out and help preserve a cozy and warm interior.
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