Here are some tips on how to winterize your home:
1. Run your ceiling fan in reverse (clockwise).
There is a forward and reverse switch on most ceiling fans. During the winter months, make sure your fan is spinning clockwise, instead of counterclockwise. Heat rises and is pooled at the top of the ceiling so while the fan spins in this direction it will actually take warm air at the top and push it down.
2. Properly seal doors and windows.
Sealing major gaps around entry doors and windows can make a noticeable difference. Weather stripping is an easy and inexpensive way to seal your doors. Caulking around your windows will also prevent any extra cold air from trying to seep in. If your home has an attic, foam sealant sprays is your best bet and can be found at most hardware stores.
3. Wrap plastic around your windows.
Another great way to prevent cold air from seeping in through your windows is to apply plastic around your windows’ trim. Window insulation film comes in a kit that you can find at any hardware store. Apply the plastic from inside your home and around your window frame with double stick tape, then blow dry to shrink wrap.
4. Switch to insulated curtains.
Curtains with a thermal lining are an inexpensive option to protect your house from losing heat through the windows.
5. Keep your furnace clean.
A good rule of thumb is to replace the filter every 1-2 months during the winter. Doing so ensures that your furnace will stay clean and runs smoothly when you need it most.
6. Take care of the pipes.
Kitchen and bathroom cabinets trap cold air, especially if they’re along an outside wall, so it’s fairly easy to end up with frozen pipes. During dangerous cold temperatures, allow faucets to drip and keep the cabinets open so warm air can circulate inside.
7. Invest in a smart thermostat.
You can control your home’s smart thermostat by way of your smartphone, tablet or laptop, enabling you to customize usage to fit your family’s lifestyle routines.