Winterproof Your Home
Now might be a good time to winterize your home.
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How Much Does It Cost to Winterproof Your Home
It's important to winterize your home so you can protect it from the cold season's icy blasts and storms. Depending on your home's needs, you can winter-proof your house while sticking to your maintenance budget. In many cases, a small investment now can lead to big savings later down the road. If you want to winterize your home, keep the following tips and their associated costs in mind.
Caulk and Weather Stripping
You can save big bucks on your winter heating bills simply by caulking and re-caulking around your home. A caulk gun will cost approximately $20, while caulk tubes run less than $10 each. You'll want to seal up any cracks around your foundation, doors and windows where drafts can - and will - seep into your home. When this cool air permeates your interior, it causes your furnace to work overtime. Not only does this impact the longevity of your heating system, but it can also cause your energy bills to skyrocket. Similarly, you can purchase weather stripping (also under $20) to prevent cold air from seeping under doors and windows.
Adding extra insulation to your home is money well spent. Typically, insulation that lives up to current code will run homeowners between $1 and $1.50 per square foot. Keep in mind that properly installed insulation can cut down on your energy bills by as much as 30 percent. That translates into big savings over time. If your home has poor insulation, consider installing new fiberglass insulation this year in order to save money in the long run.
Furnace Check-Up and Maintenance
Your furnace or boiler is an important part of your home, so it's essential to maintain it in order to ensure that it functions optimally for as long as possible. Depending on where you live in the country, a furnace check-up may cost anywhere from $100 to $350, not including any needed repairs. If your furnace service provider should uncover any problems, it's typically better to make repairs now or these problems could lead to even costlier fixes later. You also don't want to risk a furnace breakdown during a cold snap.
If you live in a severely cold climate, you probably worry about frozen pipes. To reduce the risk of frozen pipes, you should purchase thermostatically controlled heat tape, which runs anywhere from $50 to $200, depending on the length of tape. But, in some cases, you might have to consider rerouting a pipe, which can run upwards of $700. If you have a pipe that freezes every year, this might be an investment you want to make.
Perform an Energy Audit
An energy audit can tell you where your home may be losing heat and how you can better conserve energy and ultimately save money on your energy bills. The tips you receive will most likely offset the cost of your audit (most energy audits cost about $250).
Keep in mind that there are many things you can do to winterize your home that cost nothing or very little. If you are expecting a snowstorm and can't run out to purchase weather stripping, you can use an old towel to block the base of windows and doors where drafts slip through. Remember to leave your windows open on sunny days so that the sunlight can help heat your home and lessen the wear and tear on your furnace. Finally, remember to trim any branches around your home that are likely to blow against your house during a windy storm.
With these tips, you can affordably winterize your house and protect it from the rough weather that's just around the corner.
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Posted on: Oct 27, 2016 - 3:24 PM
Last modified on: Nov 4, 2016 - 9:33 AM