3 Easy Winterizing Tips
We may not get snow in the beautiful valley of the sun, but winter can still bring some cold surprises to your AZ home. Simple winterizing steps can help you prep for the unexpected temperature drops and protect your home all winter long. Here are 3 easy winterizing tips for your AZ home that you can start today.
1.) Daft Drafts: Cold air has a way of leaking into your home when you least expect it. Sealing up areas where drafts can seep in is a huge benefit not just to you but to your heating bill as well. Air usually leaks in around common areas such as door frames and windows, so add easy to install weather-stripping from your local hardware store. Looking for a more permanent insulation option? Upgrade from single pane windows to double pane or add a window insulation kit to keep cold air out.
2.) Heating Bill Hikes: Winter is here and with it comes higher heating bills. You’ll want to change your filter at least once a month to help your furnace perform at maximum efficiency. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, turning your thermostat back 10°F–15°F for at least eight hours a day will allow you to save 10 percent to 15 percent off your heating bill. Programmable thermostats can help you set and forget. Be sure to inspect your heating equipment and check for any rips or leaks in your heating ducts as well. Not comfortable crawling around in your crawl space? Don’t be afraid to call in the professionals.
3.) Protect Your Pipes: It’s hard to believe it, but every once in a while Arizona winter nights can get so cold the plumbing pipes freeze. Whenever possible, wrap exposed pipes and plumbing with proper insulation that can easily be found at your local hardware store. Don’t have time to pick up supplies? Towels or blankets can work in a pinch as temporary insulation when there’s an unexpected frost alert.
When you take the time to winterize your home, you’ll have more time to enjoy the cool weather without repair problems later.