Winter is right around the corner, both on the calendar and on the radar in many areas. And when it comes to heating your home against the frigid temperatures and blustery winds of a Maryland winter, you can’t be too careful. If you’re leaking heat through doors, windows, and your roof, your wallet is going to feel it. Here are some tips and tasks to winterize your Maryland home.
Windows & Doors
Windows and doors are a prime place to lose heat from a house. Check and, if needed, replace the caulk around your windows and the weatherstripping around your doors. Swap out screens for storm windows and doors and if you have particularly leaky windows and doors consider replacing them with newer, more energy efficient ones. Finally, consider adding an insulation film layer to the window and door glass.
Your fireplace is usually a source of heat, but only when it’s on. Make sure that your flue closes all the way. If you can feel a draft coming down your chimney when the flue is closed, you’re going to lose heat out of it. You could also put a glass surround or doors over the fireplace when it’s not in use to keep your heat from going out the chimney.
Drapes and Rugs
Change out the light summer window treatments for something heavier. Thick, heavy drapes can help keep the cold out and the heat in. Likewise, a rug in the floor helps the room feel warmer by insulating against the cold floor.
Overtime, insulation deteriorates leaving you vulnerable to heat loss. It may be time to add more to attics, crawlspaces and other areas. Consider creating a false ceiling in the unfinished basement as well, so that you can add insulation between it and the living space above. Likewise, if you have an attached garage that is not insulated, you could be losing heat through the wall between it and your house.
Invest in a thermal cover for your water heater – likely $20 to $30 at the hardware store. Wrap it around your water heater to prevent it from losing heat to the cold basement. While you’re at it, lower the temperature for your water heater. Many are set at 140 degrees, but 120 degrees is the recommendation of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. This will still be hot enough for your needs, especially when coupled with the thermal blanket.
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