If you want to avoid pesky winter-specific home problems such as frozen water pipes, now is the time to begin winterizing your home. DIY winterizing may sound like a tedious and even costly process, but it will help you to keep the cold out, the warmth in and heating costs down within your budget.
There are some extremely cost effective DIY ways for you to winterize your home on a budget. Simply roll up throw rugs or towels and use them to close the gaps at the bottom of all exterior doors. However, you should leave the spaces open at the bottom of interior doors to allow heat to circulate amongst rooms. In a tip that seems counter intuitive, you can even use snow to insulate your home from the cold- banking the snow up high against the house can actually provide a bit of insulation. Another budget friendly DIY tip is to flush the water heater through the drain valve to remove sediment as this will allow the gas heater to work more effectively.
For another cost free winter worthy adjustment, you can also change the rotation of your ceiling fan to a clockwise direction as this will push warm air along the ceiling toward the floor.
You should also clean out your rain gutters because clean gutters prevent the build-up of ice on your roof. Clean gutters means that water will drain away faster, thereby minimizing the risk of it melting and then refreezing under your shingles or on your roof.
A great budget friendly tip for winter is to simply turn down your thermostat in the winter. According to the US Department of Energy, you can save up to 3% on your energy bill in the winter, for every degree you turn down the thermostat. In other words, for a yearly heating and cooling bill of $1000, if you lower the thermostat by 3% at night, you could save up to $100 annually.
As the weather gets colder, you should go around your house and check where cold drafts come in. These air leaks mean that as cold air gets in, warm air gets out. After locating these leaks, you should seal them up either by adding insulation, using weather-stripping, caulk or spray foam.