The fall season is the time to look around your home and prepare for the winter season. The following five tips will help you save money on your winter energy bills. The energy savings really add up when you make a list of tasks that will make your home more energy-efficient. You will also save money on expensive repairs like outdoor plumbing pipes that cost thousands of dollars.
Outdoor Plumbing and Landscaping
The outdoor plumbing needs to be wrapped with insulation to prevent frozen pipes. You will find this type of material at your local hardware or home improvement store. Consult with a licensed plumber if you need help locating pipes at risk. Prune trees and add mulch to protect outdoor plants from the harsh winter weather.
Inspect the roof for loose shingles. Call a local roofing company to inspect your roof to avoid unnecessary risks for injuries. The gutters should be cleaned to prevent ice from damaging the structure. This is also a good time to check the insulation inside your attic, crawl spaces and walls. Preventing unwanted air loss is the best way to reduce energy bills.
The fall season is the time to call your HVAC technician to inspect your San Antonio heating system. Clean vents and baseboard heaters. If your furnace is over 10 years old, you can save money by purchasing a new system that is more energy-efficient. Make sure the furnace filters are changed on a regular basis during the wintertime. Remove air conditioning window units to prevent additional air loss from windows. Caulk and weather strip around doors and windows.
Water Heater Tips
Turn down your San Antonio water heater to save money. This is also a good time to clean the fireplace. If you do not plan on using your fireplace, then you need to seal around the opening to prevent air loss. An energy monitor will help you discover areas inside your home where air loss is a problem. Purchase energy-efficient windows if you have the money in your budget. Otherwise, you will need to purchase a window insulation kit for a few dollars at the hardware store.
Make sure you change the ceiling fan’s direction to bring warm air from the top of the room to the bottom. If you need additional heat in the room, then consider purchasing a portable fireplace unit that does not need outdoor ventilation.
Winter is nearly here! To get the best advice on winterizing your San Antonio home, call Rosenberg Indoor Comfort at (210) 987-5587 today.