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Blog Sep 25, 2014

How to Prep Your Home for Winter Energy Savings

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Is it really time to start thinking about winter again? It is!

And the earlier you get prepared, the more you’ll save.

You only have a limited amount of time though, so here are some of the top things you should do:

1. Get a Tight Air Envelope

Energy Impact Illinois says you can lose up to 35% of your air outside if you do nothing at all. The good news is it’s actually pretty easy to find leaks.

All you do is light a candle. As you move it around areas of your home where seals are made, you’ll notice it flickering. That means you have a breeze in those areas.

Make sure you check places like your window and door frames, dryer vents, baseboards, any areas around window AC units, and seal them off.

2. Insulate Your Attic

If you have an older home, this could be your most significant cost and energy savings source. What you need is enough insulation to reach up to the top of the joists in your attic. It costs between $500 – $1000 for the typical home.

3. When Was the Last Time You Checked Your Ductwork?

If your ductwork is old, the seals around it may have deteriorated to the point where they leak. Energy Star says you can lose up to 20% of your heat because of this.

You’ll have to hire a pro to check the ductwork in your walls. But you can look at the ductwork that’s exposed. To guarantee leaking doesn’t happen:

  • Buy HVAC foil tape (not duct tape – it doesn’t seal as well), and wrap it around all joints you can see
  • Patch holes with a fiberglass weave, and seal those with a mastic air duct sealant

4. Close Off that Attic

If you have pull-down stairs, you can buy an “attic tent.” It does cost at least $200 or so though. You could also go the cheaper route, which involves buying foam installation pads ($7), attaching them to the back of the hatch, and then applying weather stripping tape ($3) along the edges of your attic panel.

5. Have a Professional HVAC Inspection

You should do this before winter and summer. HVAC pros can not only get you fine-tuned for energy efficiency, but they can perform preventative maintenance that saves you on future repairs too. It’s well worth the minimal investment you pay.

Good Luck This Winter!

Hopefully it’s not too rough for you – but at least you know these tips will help make your energy bills more affordable.

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