As a real estate agent, providing Okotoks homes for sale I often come across
homes that aren't completely winterized. Making sure your home keeps the cold air out and the warm air in is an idea I'm sure everyone can warm up to.
Earlier this week I posted a blog with tips on Winterizing your Homes Exterior. So, now that the exterior is all winterized, it’s time we focus on the indoor projects. A few simple steps will ensure you’re toasty warm over the following winter months while saving money on energy costs.
Here are few suggestions on ways to winterize your homes interior:
- Block air leaks - an easy way to to locate an air leak is to run your hand along exterior wall, baseboards, windows and doors. If you feel a draft blowing through, the area needs to be caulked or further insulated.
- Install Door Sweeps - these should be added to all exterior doors. A long metal or rubber extension fastened to the bottom of the door can make a huge difference in keeping the cold air out.
- Install weather stripping along doors and windows that don’t seal properly - If you can feel a draft along the gaps of the door, the cold air will get in. Rubber weather stripping will create a tighter seal, keeping the cold air outside, where it should be.
- Clean the Furnace - The filters should be changed regularly throughout the year but fall is a good time to have the furnace or boiler cleaned along with all the ducts. This will ensure the furnace is working properly and will cut down on the dust, especially with our dry Alberta climate during the winter. I recommend hiring a professional to clean the air ducts - they have the equipment to thoroughly vacuum out all the debris and build-up.
- Install electrical outlet or plugin insulation - you might not realize it, but any outlet or plugin switches on exterior walls can cause air loss. Simple foam insulation covers you can purchase at any home improvement store are a quick and easy way to insulate them. Just tuck them under the outlet cover and you’re done.
- Clean Fireplace - Now is a good time to wipe down the interior of the gas fireplace with a wet cloth to get rid of any dust and debris build-up. If you don’t have a glass door with vents installed on your woodburning fireplace, have one installed to mitigate are loss through the flue. Remember to close the flue when the fireplace is not in use...it’s amazing how much air is lost through an open flue.
- Check all fire alarms and CO2 Detectors - ensure they’re working properly. It’s best to switch out the batteries so you know for sure the batteries haven’t run out of juice.
- Install a programmable thermostat - this is a great way to cut down on heating costs. If there’s no one home during the day, set the thermostat a degree or two cooler - no sense heating an empty house. With the latest technologies, you even have the capability to program your thermostat through your android phone - how clever is that?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Meagen Mackenzie, REALTOR® and Accredited Staging Professional with RE/MAX iREALTY INNOVATIONS.
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