With winter time being just around the corner, there are many people that will expect their heating costs to sky rocket. However, there are ways that you can get your home ready for the winter on a budget and avoid spending too much money on utility bills, possible leaks, and anything else that could occur because of the cold weather. When you winterize your home and improve the efficiency of it, you will see just how much money you can save on your precise budget investment.
There are so many things that you can do to alter your typically expensive home winter costs to a lower price without sacrificing the comfort that you and your family need during the upcoming cold months.
Windows with Cracks
If you know that you have windows that leak air, then it is probably a good idea to go ahead and replace them with new windows. Now, you might be thinking that this is not the budget route to take when fixing up your windows for the winter; it is not. A more budget friendly alternative for fixing windows that leak air would be using a shrinkable plastic seal, or hanging up heavy curtains to keep more of the heat in your home. If for some reason you feel lots of cold air around your windows, it would probably be a good idea to remove the wood molding from around your windows and insulate them again with an aerosol can insolent; this is cost effective and will save you lots of money; you won’t need to replace your windows.
What is your roof like? Have you been keeping up with the maintenance on it? Depending upon what type of weather you have in the area that you live in during the winter, it is important to take a look at your roof at least every few months. During the winter is usually when a lot of places get snow, and rain. This is the type of weather that could cause leaks and damages to the roof. If you have a fairly new roof then you probably don’t need to check it for damages or holes. However if your roof is 5-10 years old or has had a history of damages or leaks, then it would probably be a good idea to do some maintenance on it. As long as you check it regularly, you could perform DIY patch up work to avoid high costs of hiring a contractor.
Bugs & Small Rodents
With it getting cold out, you might notice more bugs finding their way into your home; spiders, water bugs, etc. If rodents are common in your area of residence then they might pop up from time to time in your attics, basements, or holes somewhere in your home. A cheap way to prevent bugs and rodents from taking over would be to buy a bug spray to spray along the border of all of your baseboards, as well as buy mouse traps to keep the rodents out.
You dryer vent should shut tightly yet open easily. Make sure that the damper on your vent is still working correctly; if it isn’t then you should replace it; which shouldn’t cost too much money to do and it would minimize unwanted air from entering your home.
If you have a fireplace in your home then you need to make sure the damper is properly working. Your chimney should be cleaned every other year to ensure that it is working right and to keep expenses down on performing major work on a neglected damper. Your fire place should be cleaned every year if you use it often.
Izzy Mackey works for RoofRepair.net a roofing contractor in the Virginia area.