There are tips and tricks you can use to maximize your efficiency and minimize your wasted energy. Without proper weatherization, you are literally throwing money right out the window. Here are some helpful weatherization tips that will help you save money throughout the winter months.
This is an easy and affordable fix to minimize drafts to help keep the cold out and the warmth in. You can buy all sorts of weather stripping at your local hardware store for use around the casing of exterior door frames and in between windows.
Draft guards are relatively affordable and do a fantastic job stopping the chilly draft from outdoors sneaking under your doorways. Heat can escape quickly through gaps at the bottom of doorways; having a draft guard can significantly minimize this loss of heat. Many companies make a variety of specific draft guards using an old tube sock filled with sand or rice, or you can simply roll up a towel to use. This is an easy fix to help maximize efficiency and keep the heat inside your home.
Caulking and Silicone
Caulking is another quick and simple way to maximize efficiency when dealing with winter weatherization. Go around to all windows inside and out and find all the gaps and cracks where air could sneak in. For extremely drafty windows, you can silicone the insides as well. Fill these cracks with caulking or silicone to stop drafts in their tracks!
Replacing the air filters in your central air systems and heating systems can help improve the efficiency and increase the resilience of your systems. A minor cost that vastly improves the effectiveness of your air systems, regular filter replacement is recommended. It is also important to have your heating systems inspected and serviced at least once a year, for the sake of both efficiency and safety. If you have other means of heating, such as a fireplace or wood stove, be sure to have a professional inspect and clean your chimney once a year as well.
Attic and Unused Rooms
In rooms that are unused or in the attic space, you can use fiberglass insulation to pack any gaps that may have air leakage. Filling these spaces with fiberglass insulation will help with your heat bill and hold heat in much more efficiently.
By following these affordable tips, you can save on heating costs and have the peace of mind of knowing you are efficiently heating your house.
For long term savings and efficiency, it is important to update the windows throughout your building using Energy Star rated windows.
Mark Browning is with Stone and Browning Property Management in Barre, Vermont. Reprinted with permission of the Vermont Apartment Owners Newsletter.