Whether you live in the north or the south, we all experience a temperature drop as we near the end of the year. We welcome fall, and we embrace all of the seasonal changes it brings.
At the same time, many begin getting ready for winter’s chilly arrival by making sure their homes are protected from climate-related damages. For some, the cold front is so drastic it prevents us from leaving our home. Making sure our homes are up to the job of providing warmth is also a priority. However, this can cause electric bills to increase and your wallet size to decrease.
Here are a few simple ways you can have the best of both worlds - a cozy home for the winter AND more savings on your heating payments:
- Insulation – Your home’s personal snow suit
Making sure that your home is properly insulated is one of the most cost-effective ways to get your house ready for winter. To save time and money, try putting insulation on your attic access door. *Sneaky leaks can cost you…make sure all leaks are filled before your insulating project.
- Thermostat – Your home’s automatic balance keeper
Many thermostats are smarter than you may realize. You know what they say, “Turn a thermostat down for a little while and you will save a few extra dollars. Program a thermostat to maintain a lower house temperature on its own every night and you will save thousands”. Or something like that.
- Windows – Your home’s portal to the winter wonderland
And that includes all of the swirling snow and sharp gusts of wind that can enter your home and send you the shivers. Single-pane windows can cause more heat to escape then they let in. Add another pane and you can seal in the heat within your home more effectively. By installing energy-efficient windows allows your home to take advantage of the solar heating during the winter season, allowing that natural energy to enter and stay under your roof.
- Chimney – Your home’s secret entrance for the brisk winter wind
Other than Santa, the winter’s chill can enter through your chimney and lead you to crank up the heat in your home. Make sure your damping system in your fireplace is sealed off sufficiently!
If you would like your home to be extra cozy while keeping costs low, investing in a personal heater is a smart way to go! Beat the cold, keep the heat, and whittle down your costs. Have any questions about refinancing your home so that you can upgrade your home heating? Feel free to chat with one of our mortgage advisors today. If you’re ready to start the mortgage process, get a free rate quote using our multi-step calculator.