Summer has drawn to a close, and the cooler weather on Long Island is settling in. As it is no longer raging hot, nor freezing cold, now is a good time to ensure that your home is properly weatherized.
One thing is certain, the temperature outside your home doesn’t match the temperature within, and unless you have weatherproofed throughout your home, the outside conditions will have an impact on the inside.
Here are seven ways to weatherize your home:
Fix leaks around doors and windows:
An easy way to determine where you have drafts is to light a candle and move it around the door and window frames of your home. If it flickers, there’s a draft coming in. Patch the drafty spots with caulk or weather stripping. A good option for windows is to install weatherproofing windows.
Maintain proper attic insulation:
Insulating your attic and basement is one of the best things you can do to keep heating and cooling costs down. Upkeep is minimal: Every spring and fall, do a spot check to make sure there aren’t cracks or gaps allowing outside air in (and inside air out).
Get a water heater insulating blanket:
Insulating your hot water heater saves energy by reducing heat lost through the sides of the water heater by 25-40%, which will help save you money on your energy bills.
Install a programmable thermostat:
Installing one that automates indoor temperatures is an easy way to save approximately $180 a year in overall heating/cooling costs. Decide if you want a unit with remote access, or without. Each unit has different directions, but they are easy to do yourself.
Inspect your roof:
Always inspect the roof of your home, garages, greenhouses and tool sheds before the first heavy snow or rainfall that will ice over. Try to take note of loose shingles, structural damage or any weak spots where an accumulation could cause a collapse. Also, remember that if you had an addition built onto your house, the materials are often not the same as those that came with the original structure.
Don’t forget your plumbing:
Any plumbing that is exposed to an exterior wall should be insulated. You can purchase heat tape or foam sleeves to protect your pipes from freezing and bursting.
Door draft stoppers:
You can buy a door draft stopper, or if you’re creative, make one yourself. Place them along your exterior doors to help keep away the cold air that may come in underneath the door jam.
Following these seven ways to weatherize your home can help keep you and your family warm during the winter months that aren’t too far away.