Stay Warm All Winter Long

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Stay Warm With 5 Winter-Proofing Tips

Sure, winter is already in full swing, but that doesn't mean that it's too late to ensure your home is warm, draft-free, and energy efficient!

Here are 5 easy tips to ensure that you spend less while staying cozy all winter long!

TIP 1: Get an Energy Audit
If you're able to pay for an energy audit, I highly recommend it. However, if you can’t afford an energy audit, you can start to identify and remedy some problem areas on your own with the help of an infrared thermometer. This handy gun allows you to safely measure surface temperatures and pinpoint spots where your home is experiencing air leaks or missing insulation.

TIP 2: Seal Your Walls
When it comes to your home's walls, you want them to be properly sealed. A simple tube of caulk and a plan to tackle all those problem areas can go a long way if you know where to look (grab your infrared thermometer!).
What keeps the outside air out of your home is typically the interior walls (or drywall), but you’ll find many holes that have been cut out of these walls to install your plugs and switches. If you have ever removed the face-plates of these plugs and switches during cold weather, you’ll have probably noticed some cold air pouring out. Reduce this leakage by using caulk to seal around the the area where the electric box meets the drywall. If you’re comfortable working around electricity, head to the breaker, turn it off, then test the outlets to make sure they are really off. Once off, you can then pull them out of the box and begin to seal up all the little holes in the back of the box, including where the wires come through.

TIP 3: Seal Your Home’s Can Lights
Other notorious culprits that contribute to air leaks are recessed lights found in the ceiling. Many old can lights are actually vented on purpose to keep from being overheated by the light bulb . Because warm air rises, an unsealed can light below a roof is a big problem. It’s a good idea is to remove the existing ring of this can and seal the can’s perimeter with caulk. The inside of the can should be sealed with either caulk or aluminum tape to keep your home’s warm air from escaping into the attic.

TIP 4: Look For Insulation Gaps
Anywhere you have something that penetrates the wall, there is bound to be an air leak. Check out the outside faucets, air vents and plumbing for large gaps where air can escape. Seal the penetrations with expanding foam so that every nook and cranny is filled. Be careful to never seal next to a gas flue or you will have a fire hazard on your hands!

TIP 5: Check and Tune-up Your Heating System
It's never a bad idea to tune up your furnace. 30% of an average home’s energy costs are related to heating, and this number can spike further if you have inefficiencies with your furnace or boiler system. The first place to start is by replacing the filter at the beginning of the season and every couple of months while you run the furnace. When purchasing a new filter, note that the cheap ones are made just to protect the furnace fan motor, so make sure to get a more efficient and healthy pleated filter for improved air quality.

Follow those simple tips and you'll be spending the remaining winter months all cozy and comfy inside your home!

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