Winterizing a Home for Warmth and Efficiency

As we enter the winter season, making a few small adjustments to winterize your home can maximize its efficiency, ensure your heating system hums along, increase your comfort level and keep your utility bills in check.

Heating Systems and Hot Water

You will want to have your furnace checked to make sure it is in optimal running condition. Have all filters replaced to increase air flow and make sure the air going into your home is clean of debris. Turn ceiling fans to reverse position to move hot air that rises to the ceiling. Setting your hot water heater to 120 degrees will help reduce your water heating costs.

Monitor your thermostat and refrain from large temperature shifts that cause your heating system to work overtime and result in higher power bills. Set your thermostat to warmer settings during your peak family hours and keep it set lower during sleeping and when family members are away during long stretches at school and work.

Outside Actions

Take a walk around the yard and make sure any dead or hanging tree limbs that could hit and damage your home are trimmed and removed. Gutters should be clean to allow rain and snow to move freely so ice dams do not accumulate. Look your roof over to make sure there are no loose shingles that wind can flip up or where ice dams can gather.

Drafts

Check your windows and doors for any drafts that are entering the house, which drive up your utility bills and make your heating system work harder. A cloth draft-snake placed on a sill or under a door can save you up to 30 percent on your heating bill.

At C.A. Jones, our homes are energy-efficient and built to keep homeowners comfortable in all temperatures throughout the year; warm in the colder winter months and cool during the hot summers. Our forward thinking translates to saving money with less seasonal maintenance and more time to enjoy your home. Our forward-thinking philosophy, business integrity and superior customer service make us the right choice to build your next home.

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