Everyone loves Maryland in the fall; all those autumnal hues, clement temperatures and the knowledge that Thanksgiving and Christmas are on their way make the Old Line State a captivating place to be in September and October.
But the arrival of fall also means that winter is not far behind, bringing with it chilly conditions that can play havoc with your home. Fortunately, we have compiled some handy tips for getting your home winter-ready this fall.
Keep Out the Drafts
A drafty gap in a window or door can make your heating incredibly inefficient and can make your home an unpleasant place to be when the temperatures begin to fall.
Invest in rubber-seal draft excluders that fit beneath and to the side of doors, fill any leaky holes with caulk and watch your energy consumption rates fall!
Keep an Eye on the Thermostat
Your home has a thermostat for a reason, and that reason is to regulate the temperature, yet many people still choose to ignore it and let it do its thing.
However, by setting your thermostat to around 55 Fahrenheit when you’re not at home, 65 Fahrenheit when you’re sleeping, and around 70 when you are actually using your home, you could be saving some serious energy.
Humidify, Humidify, Humidify
Humidity gets a bad press, but in winter it can be your friend. The fact is, it is far easier to heat humid air than dry air, and humid air stays warm for longer.
A humidifier may seem like an unnecessary expense, but it will begin to pay for itself when your monthly heating bill starts to fall.
Plan Your Heating Schedules
The key to successful winterization is not to heat the whole of your house all the time, but to give yourself a comfortable and energy-efficient environment in which to live.
With this in mind, only heat the parts of your house that you are using at that particular time to dramatically reduce your energy consumption rates. This requires a bit of planning but is relatively simple to implement. If you plan to use a room, just turn on the heating 20 to 30 minutes beforehand and enjoy your home in comfort.
For more information on making sure your Maryland home is winter-ready, contact Griffith Energy Services, Inc. by calling them at (888) 474-3391.
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