How to Save Money on Winterizing Your Home
Getting your home ready for winter saves you money on your heating bill, as much as 30 percent; but the catch is it costs money to buy the materials. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be too expensive if you shop selectively and use coupons for winterizing supplies.
Winterizing your home goes beyond the cost of heating; it can help you avert a real disaster like frozen water pipes and a broken furnace. Here are some simple, inexpensive ways to stay warm and safe this winter.
Save Money on Heating
Shave dollars off your heating bill by making sure your furnace or boiler is tuned up and clean. HVAC professionals in every city offer local coupons on pre-season checkups and cleanings. Buy a supply of furnace filters online so you won’t have to slog through snow to get them later. If you’ve been thinking about furnace replacement, check out in-store promotions from manufacturers of new Energy Star approved heaters.
Be Generous with the Weather Stripping
Make sure more warm air stays inside your home this winter by checking the seals around doors to the outside, the garage, the attic and the basement. Consider adding blown-in insulation to your attic floor or spray foam to the rafters and joists. The less air leaks outside, the more comfortable you’ll be and the more you’ll save on energy costs.
Winterize Your Pipes
Frozen pipes can lead to a flood on the floor or a disastrous mess behind your walls. Savings websites like Valpak.com and Savings.com offer coupons for home improvement centers like Home Depot. They can help you save you money on insulating covers for outdoor hose bibs and spigots. Find deals on insulating wrap for pipes exposed to subfreezing temperatures, too. Other tips to prevent pipes from freezing:
- Disconnect and drain garden hoses.
- Blow underground sprinkler systems and pool lines free of water.
- Seal off cracks, air vents and little used access doors near pipes.
- Open under-sink cabinets to keep warm air circulating around the pipes. (Make sure chemicals stored there are kept away from children.)
- Know where your master shutoff valve is located in case a pipe does burst.
Get Your Roof Ready
The most important step you can take in the fall is cleaning debris from your rain gutters. If those get clogged, melted snow can soak your roof shingles all winter long. This causes wear, rot problems and even interior leaks. Ice dams, in which ice thaws and refreezes on the roof, cause similar problems. The goal is to keep the roof the same temperature as the eaves by adding attic insulation, sealing any cracks or gaps, and sealing off attic hatch doors.
As you put away your warm weather things, put together a checklist and head out to your favorite home and garden store. This makes it easier to save on winterizing your home with fix-it products, new appliances and local services. You’ll enjoy the season more when you know your house is ready for it.