This is the second part of how to properly winterize your home. By following the previous tips as well as the tips below, you should be able to make your home far more energy efficient. This will not only help you save money, but it will also allow for a greener and more environmentally responsible approach to how you heat your home. Here are the final five tips on how to properly winterize your home.
Turn Down the Hot Water?
Why would I turn down the hot water in the middle of winter? Every home has a hot water tank and unfortunately, most of these tanks are set to a temperature that is unnecessary for all household use. Instead, you are just overpaying to heat your hot water tank. Lowering the temperature of your hot water tank can save you as much as 10% on your next heating bill. Consider shortening your shower time as well to really see savings on your next energy bill.
Drain your Hot Water Tank
While we are on the subject of hot water tanks, you may want to drain your hot water tank at the same time. Draining your hot water tank, will increase its longevity and it will also increase its efficiency. This increased efficiency should only add to your energy savings.
Upgrade your Tank
You may also want to utilize some of the tax rebates that you can get by upgrading your hot water tank to a more energy efficient model. All new homes in the North Delta real estate market already have energy efficient hot water tanks, but if your home is not brand new, you may want to look into keeping your tank updated. Look at the year and type of hot water tank and then make up your mind if these tax rebates are for you.
Check your furnace!
During the winter months, your furnace is perhaps the most important appliance when it comes to heating your home. You will want to keep your furnace running as efficient as possible. It is a good idea to bring out a technician to give your furnace a quick tune-up. This tune-up will not only keep your furnace running properly, it can save you up to 5% on your next heating bill. Remember an annual check-up is a lot cheaper than having to replace it altogether.
While you are tuning up your furnace, it is also recommended that you replace the filters as well. A dirty furnace filter can restrict your furnace’s airflow which will increase its demand. This increase in demand can prematurely wear down your furnace and will place an extra cost on your energy bill. It is recommended that you change your filters once a month during the winter months.
This concludes our top eight ways to better winterize your home. Hopefully, these tips will make your home a warmer and cozier place to spend the winter months and will also help you save some money on your next heating bill. If you would like any tips about North Delta real estate or more information about anything related to your home please contact us, we’d be happy to hear from you.