Winterizing your Maryland home can help keep your utility bills down while at the same time creating a more comfortable place to live. There are many steps that you can take to prepare your home for the winter. Here is a list to get you started:
1. Put in new furnace filters. When temperatures start to fall, your furnace will begin turning on more and more often. To ensure that it runs at peak performance, you should make sure that you have brand-new filters installed. Putting in new filters is a relatively easy process that you should be able to do on your own. If you aren’t sure how to do it, however, you can always contact a local HVAC company to come and replace the filters for you.
2. Seal air leaks around windows and doors. Any cracks or openings around your windows or doors can allow hot air to escape and cold air to get inside. This can dramatically reduce the energy efficiency of your home.
Carefully inspect your windows or doors for any places where air may be escaping. Try lighting a stick of incense and holding it up next to the edges of your windows and doors. Keep an eye on the smoke to spot any areas where there are drafts. Use caulk or expanding spray foam to seal any openings.
3. Put up your storm windows. Fall is the perfect time to replace your screens with storm windows. The storm windows provide an extra layer of protection against cold temperatures.
4. Add insulation to your pipes. If you have water pipes that run underneath your home, you should invest in insulating pipe foam. This foam is incredibly easy to use. It has a hole down the center and a slit along one side, allowing you to just pop it onto the pipe after you cut it to length. The insulation will help prevent heat loss. At the same time, it will also provide protection against your pipes freezing. Frozen pipes can be incredibly expensive to deal with. Spending a little bit of money on insulation is far better than finding yourself facing much higher expenses after a pipe freezes and bursts.
Maryland winters can get quite cold. By winterizing your home, you can reduce the amount of money that you have to spend on your utility bills. Not only that but you can also keep your home warm and comfortable no matter how cold it gets outside.