Even if Jack Frost is running a little later than usual this year, as sure as death and taxes, we know he is coming for a visit sometime this side of Memorial Day. And when he does, it’s important to make sure your home is ready. Getting your home ready for winter weather isn’t terribly difficult, but it is important. While taking these steps won’t take too much time or money, not taking them can definitely cost you plenty of both. We’re pretty sure that instead of filing an insurance claim or risking danger to yourself or others, you’d rather just prevent problems or damage to what’s probably your most significant investment: your home.
Keep Your Home Warm and Cozy — and Safe and Frugal, Too!
One way you can ensure a comfortably warm home without sacrificing safety or added energy costs is to make sure you get your furnace tuned up. While it’s best to have this done before your furnace is being used on a daily basis, the most important part is to have it done. You can also benefit by having a programmable thermostat installed, allowing you to have the thermostat operating at a lower temperature while everyone is asleep as well as when no one is home. That simple device and intentional planning can help you save a tenth of your heating costs this year!
Keep The Warm Air Where It Serves You Best
In addition to making sure your furnace is running efficiently, you’ll want to make sure all that warm air you’re paying to have heated is staying where you want it. To keep drafts at a minimum, be sure to have your living space sealed up well. By taking some simple steps to reduce drafts, you can reduce energy costs by up to 30%! By purchasing inexpensive products such as caulk, weatherstripping, and window film, you can control heat loss around openings such as baseboards, doors, and windows. If you have any storm doors, be sure to replace the screens with glass panels for optimal protection, too.
One more way to keep the warm air in the interior where people can appreciate it is to reverse your ceiling fan direction to spin clockwise and run them on the low setting. This will keep the warm air that rises moving back down to where you really want it.
Enjoy a Hot Shower — Just Not Too Hot
Another way to keep your energy costs down this winter is by lowering your water heater temperature. Instead of the typical temperature of 140 degrees, setting it at 120 degrees is still warm enough to keep everyone happy with their hot showers while lessening the wear and tear on your plumbing. As far as energy costs, for every 5 degrees you lower the water temperature, you’ll stand to save approximately $15 per year.
The Nicholas Insurance Agency, led by Greg Nicholas, is a family owned business serving the York county, Pennsylvania region. Offering exclusively Allstate insurance products, the Nicholas Agency provides auto, homeowners, rental and landlord insurance as well as life & disability, recreational vehicle, motorcycle and personal liability insurance. For more information, visit our York, PA location in the Westgate Plaza or our Manchester, PA location in the Northeast Shopping Center or call us at (717) 764-2024.