It's that time of year again, summer is ending and winter is right around the corner. Winterizing your home can save you money in heating bills and keep your home nice a cozy during those long snowy Colorado nights. Here are 5 simple hacks for winterizing your home on the cheap.
1.) Invest in Weatherstrip Tape
The gaps around windows and doors in your home leak out the heat and allow cold air to enter your home. Buying some weatherstrip tape is a cheap and easy solution to fix this problem. Anyone can install these and it will only run you $10 - $20 to do your whole house. You will definitely see that money come back to you from savings on your heating bill.
2.) Clean Out the Gutters
I know, no one likes cleaning gutters. But clean gutters will allow water to flow freely preventing icicles and cracked gutters. Take some time to clean them out and avoid replacing your gutters next year.
3.) Replace Heating System Air Filters
It sounds simple right? Well replacing air filters is one of the most overlooked things when it comes to winterizing your home. It cost $20-$35 for a pack of air filters but can significantly improve the efficiency and add to the life of your heating system.
4.) Adjust Your Ceiling Fan
Most homes have ceiling fans and most ceiling fans can be adjusted. Simply switch your fan to rotate clockwise to push the heat that rises up to the ceiling down into your home. It's free and most fans will have a small lever around the base to switch the direction of the spin.
5.) Ballon for Your Chimney
Ballon chimneys are actual things that exist. Not everyone uses their fireplace in the wintertime. Wood can be expensive or hard to obtain and keep up with during the wintertime. If you don't plan on using your fireplace this winter, consider buying a chimney balloon to clog that massive hole leaking out hot air and letting in the cold. They range from $25 - $60 depending on the size of your chimney.
https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/11-ways-to-winterize-your-home-on-a-budget-10169#window-insulation-film By Dillon Landfried - Aug 14, 2019