If you have lived in Northern Kentucky for very long, you are aware that our winters can bring extremes in temperatures. Protect your family, home, appliances and budget by preparing your home for winter. Here are a few tips to winterize your home.
- If you have an electric water heater, insulate it (If you have a gas-powered water heater insulation creates a fire hazard.) Insulate pipes leading to your water heater. This will cut down on the workload for your water heater.
- Seal any air leaks around your windows and doors. Put this on your fall schedule and you won’t be sorry. Caulking the leaks will save money on your heating and cooling bill. If you can see light around your doors, your heat is escaping causing your heater or furnace to work longer and harder. Another way to check for leaks is to hold a lighted candle near your window on a windy day. If the candle flame bends, your window is leaking.
- Check the glazing on your windows for gaps or cracks. Glazing needs to be replaced periodically. If you tap on a window pane and it rattles your glazing may need replacement.
- Reduce the temperature on your thermostat when no one is at home and at night when all are sleeping. Replacing your old manual thermostat with a programmable thermostat will automate this chore. Consider putting a timer on your water heater so that it isn’t heating water when it won’t be needed. Better yet, switch to a tankless water heating system.While this will only be done once when you winterize your home, you will be glad you took the time to make recommended replacements.
- Clean your gutters of debris. Check for any branches that might have grown and are hanging over electrical wires and have them removed.
- Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. Hot air rises so you want your fan blowing up so that the warmer air circulates around the room.
- According t the Department of Energy, door drafts can waste anywhere from 5-30% of your heat. Try making a draft snake to place at the foot of your door.
- Shut off the water supply to your irrigation system and outdoor spigots. Hire a contractor to blow out any water remaining in your irrigation system.
- If you have a chimney, make sure it is ready for use. Chimneys should be cleaned at least once per year.
- Make sure that your carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. Replace old batteries if necessary.
For assistance with your home winterization plans call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric or visit our webpage at www.rosebrotherselectric.com. Our electricians proudly serve Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas and will be happy to help you winterize your home.