Updated: Oct 15, 2020
It’s time for you to winterize the inside of your home.
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How do you winterize the inside of your home? Here are six tips to keep in mind:
1. Service the furnace. Whether you have a forced-air unit or a boiler, service it at the beginning of the season. The sooner you can do this, the better, and that includes swapping out the air filter. Most professionals recommend having an air filter that’s more like the ones you replace every month instead of the stronger HEPA filters. These filters may protect you from every potential pollutant, but they’ll also cause your furnace to strain harder, and thereby reduce your home’s airflow. Since pollen isn’t an issue in winter and you know you’ll be running your furnace a lot, make sure you make this switch.
2. Check your windows. The next time you have a cold night, feel around your windows and check whether there is any air seeping in. If so, you may need to do some caulking or add some weather stripping. If you have older, double-pane windows, you can also place sheets of plastic (available at your local hardware store) over them to improve your insulation rating. A lot of my clients also replace their sheer curtains with ones that have more insulation. Additionally, you can always replace your windows. However, this won’t bring you a good return on investment if you’re thinking of selling soon.
3. Check your doors. Just like with your windows, check the areas around your doors for any drafts. There are plenty of cheap insulation products you can buy online to keep cold air from coming in. I do this at my house, but remember that you have to put these items away during the day so they’re not in the way. Every once in a while, we also replace the weather stripping on the bottoms and sides of our front and back doors.
The next time you have a cold night, feel around your windows and check whether there is any air seeping in.
4. Clean out your ducts. Your home’s ductwork tends to collect dust and pollen over the summertime, so remember to do this along with servicing the rest of your furnace.
5. Check your attic fan. If you have an attic fan (also called a “whole-house fan”), it means you have an opening at the very top of your ceiling where that attic fan comes in. This is an area where a lot of hot air can escape, even if you don’t have the attic fan running. You can place an insulated cover on this fan to prevent this from happening.
6. Install powered vents. If you live in a house that has a few hot and cold points, you can replace your normal vents with powered vents. These vents have temperature gages and fans that blow hot air. They only cost between $20 and $30 on Amazon, and they can come in handy on especially cold days.
As always, if you have questions about this or any real estate topic, give me a call or shoot me an email. I’d love to help you.