As fall comes to a close and the season of holidays fills our minds make sure to prepare your house for the winter months. Winterizing your KBhome saves money and helps you avoid unnecessary home disasters. Here are some ways to winterize and help you save money during these upcoming winter months:
1. Add Heavy Drapes or Blinds to Windows
Adding an extra layer of protection around windows will help keep cold weather out and a heat in. Drapes and blinds will help lower your heating bills and keep your home cozy. The drapes and blinds will also help you save money in the summer months as well.
2. Replace Furnace Filter
Dust and dirt can get trapped in your furnace filter over time. This can add unnecessary strain to your furnace. Replacing the filter can help your furnace last even longer and will eliminate some of the dust in your house.
3. Lock Doors and Windows
Locking all sources to the outside helps doors and windows seal completely, keeping cold out and warm inside where it belongs.
4. Drain Garden Hoses
Make sure all of your hoses have been removed from spickets and completely drained of water. If water stays in the hose it might freeze and split the hose, rendering it useless. If hoses are maintained properly they can be used for many years, saving you money.
5. Buy a Snow Shovel Now
Before the first big storm make sure you have a snow shovel and ice melt. If you wait until the storm has arrived, it’s too late and you might be stuck in your home, unable to get to the store. If you do make it to the store, chances are all the supplies will be sold out. Also, it’s a good idea to have extra water and food on hand incase a storm hits unexpectedly.
6. Program Your Thermostat
You can save money if you program your thermostat for when you are gone during the day, keeping your heater at a much lower temperature. If you schedule the heater to come on a half hour before you come home each day then the house will be pleasant when you arrive.