Weatherizing Home Hacks to Save You $
As the saying goes, hope for the best but prepare for the worst. This is definitely appropriate when it comes to weatherizing our homes for the elements. If we’ve prepped our homes for wind, snow, or ice, then if those elements do occur, we’ll be able to relax a bit. Plus, in the event it snows enough to make a snowman, surely you’ll want to enjoy it, not spending your time dealing with a problem.
Read on to discover 5 easy fixes that pay you back!
Bolster insulation in an unfinished attic space!
Pop your head up into your attic space to determine the thickness level of your insulation. If you can see a gap anywhere, you’re losing money. Rent a blower or measure for rolled insulation and your cold-weather-woes can be solved in one afternoon.
Weatherstrip your exterior doors!
Much like attic insulation, cold air can find the tiniest cracks. Sticky weatherstripping is perhaps the easiest, least expensive project to tackle. Plus, it feels crafty. Weatherstripping is a soft foam with a sticky backing… just peel the backing off and run the strips along your door frames. As This Old House reports, $20 and half an hour of your time can reduce cold air infiltration by over 10%!
Seal up air vents!
No, not the ones in your house. We mean the exterior vents meant for clothes dryers and whole-house fans. You’ve worked hard to keep your home warm- don’t let that heat escape through those vents! Sealing them is very easy. You can use caulk for cracks! Or, if you’re handy, swap them completely for a new vent with a cap. It’s shaped like an elbow and as your dryer is running, warm air flows up the “arm” and pushes open a lid that allows the air to escape. When not in use, the cap closes to seal the vent.
Inspect your roof for broken asphalt shingles!
Before the weather gets bad, do a once-over on your roof’s shingles. Even just one damaged shingle can turn into a bigger problem later on. (Think flooded rooms and the need for mold remediation!) Replacing them is as simple as purchasing your materials, prying up the shingle above the one that is damaged (in order to pull it out), and then securing the new shingle with roofing nails.
Flush your water heater!
When sediment builds up in the water tank, it makes it less effective. If you flush your tank annually (before Winter) you won’t be wasting money by heating up sludge. To begin, turn off your tank to allow water to fully cool and then shut off the water supply completely. Connect a hose to the drain plug on your heater and direct the water to your floor drain (or a bucket if you don’t have one). Usually three gallons is enough to clear the sediment buildup but use your discretion- flush until the water runs clear. This is quick, easy money-saving maintenance that will extend the life of your water heater!
This Old House devised a list of 12 DIY home weatherization tips to save you money. We only featured a few here… so head on over to their website to see the full list! Now, if it snows, you can sit back and relax instead of worrying about whether your home can weather the weather!