8 Ways to Winterize Your Home on a Budget

 

  1. Clean Your Gutters

You’ve heard it before, but we can’t stress this enough. Making sure that water can flow freely through your gutters now will help prevent icicles and ice dams from forming later.

Cost: Other than your sweat and time, free

  • Flush the Water Heater

 

Particles and sediment can collect over time in the bottom of your water heater, hindering the unit’s efficiency. Flush the water through the drain valve to clear out the material and keep you heater functional at its best.

Cost: 100% free!

  • Clockwise Ceiling Fans

 

Ceiling fans are everyone’s favorite summer budget-saver. But they can help out in the winter as well!  Have your ceiling fans move in a clockwise direction so the push hot air along the ceiling towards the floor.  If they’re going counterclockwise, they won’t be as effective.

Cost: Free if you have a fan.

  • Replace Filters

 

Regularly changing the filters in your central air and heating system can significantly improve its efficiency and longevity, while easing the pressure on your wallet.

Cost: a new filter runs about $10.

  • Window Insulation Film

 

It may not be the most fashionable tip, but window insulation film can keep up to 70% of your heat from leaking out of windows.

Cost: $20 to $30 per kit.

  • Draft Guards

 

Draft Guards can help save heat from escaping under the door.

Cost: $10 to $15.

 

  • Just Caulk It Cost: $20 for a basic caulk gun and $5 to $10 for a tube of caulk.

 

    1. Any remaining gaps in siding, windows, or doors can be filled with caulk. For extra drafty windows and doors, caulk the inside too, pulling off moldings to fill all gaps in the insulation.
  • Chimney Balloon

 

Your chimney is a huge source of heat loss come wintertime. If not in active use, plug it up with a chimney balloon to keep drafts out and heat it.

Cost: $55.