Great Ways to Winterize Your Home
Windows are one of the main ways that heat escapes your home. Check all windows for any leaks or warps in any wooden trim around them. Replacing old and broken windows as well as sealing any gaps in drafty windows is a major step for winterizing your home. Caulk both sides of trim around the windows if they are warped or leaking any air. This will cause a lot of heat to remain in your home. Even sealing all leaks the window itself can be cold from the outside and seem cold in that area, thermal curtains will help to keep the heat inside and block the cold from the window
Check for warped trim and air leaks in all doors around your home. Any drafty doors along with patio doors can be sealed with plastic or caulk putty. Replace the weather strips around all doors to ensure no drafts. If that is not possible than just seal them as best as you can.
Change your hot water heater temperature to the “Warm” setting and insulate the hot water lines leading to the hot water heater. For those water heaters that are not gas powered, try considering “blanketing” or covering it with faced fiberglass insulation. Insulate hot and cold water pipes to have them ready to brace the winter. Make sure to insulate the hot water lines that run through the unheated areas of your home. Install a timer to eliminate wasteful spending on heating whole tanks of water (all day long) when it is not in use.
Furnaces that are 10 years or older tend to waste fuel, upgrading is always a good idea. Make sure to open all cold air returns, your furnace needs them open to run efficiently. Replace your furnace filter every three months.
There are little things around your home that could make a difference such as using a programmable thermostat to limit the usage and reduce heating costs when no one is home. Plant evergreen trees if possible near your home to block the harsh winter wind. This is great for houses not in tight spaced neighborhoods. Another great trick would be to reverse ceiling fans to push the hot air down.