Winter weather is in full swing in North Carolina, and that means that we are bundled in layers of hats, scarves boots and jackets. Have you done the same prep for your home during the winter months? 

Here are some easy weatherproofing strategies from Ilyce R. Glink that will keep your house warm and lower your gas/electric bills:

Inspect and maintain home heating systems

Get an inspection of your heating system done before the temperatures drop too low. Clogged filters or dirty air vents can reduce the efficiency of your heating system and raise your heating bill. An annual inspection can ensure that your heating system is working to the best of its abilities and that it won’t break in the middle of a winter snowstorm.

Reduce window and door drafts

Sounds simple but it's true. For the price of a tube of caulk, you can dramatically reduce your monthly heating bill. Especially if you have an older home, you’re probably leaking a lot of your heat out through cracks around your windows and doors. Older homes are also notorious for leaking heat through the roof.

Sears Home Services has a tip for checking for drafts or leaks: Hold a lit incense stick next to doorways and windows and watch the smoke. When you find leaks, seal them with caulk, and then watch for the savings on your heating bill.

Clean gutters

Homeowners know that in the fall gutters can clog with leaves but you need to pay special attention to gutter s in the winter as well. When water freezes on your roof, it can create an ice dam. Melting ice and snow can find its way under shingles and cause major leaks and roof damage. Prevent this damage by making sure your gutters are clean so that the water and snow have somewhere to go.

Insulate your water heater and pipes

Many homeowners may not realize that your water heater needs to be protected from the cold. An insulating blanket may be built into your water heater, but you should consider wrapping your pipes this winter. Your water heater has to work harder on the coldest days, and you can help reduce the energy required to keep your bath water warm.

Upgrade to Energy Star products

Energy star products will cost a little more but you’ll see results in the long run. Buying Energy Star products can require more money out of pocket upfront, but you’ll see a return from this investment through lowered energy bills and tax credits for certain energy-efficient appliances. (You may also be able to get a tax credit for upgrading your windows.)

What are you doing to winterize your home this year? Contact me for tips or to share how you take care of your home during winter!  Keeping warm and saving money is something all homeowners want!