While Vancouver Island is one of the most temperate areas in Canada, we still live in the north. Although here in Victoria we expect more rain than snow, winter is still coming or already here! To keep warm and save money this holiday season, here are 8 tips to winterize your home and keep both you and your credit card happy.
8 tips to winterize your home
1. Change furnace filters
Think about replacing or cleaning your furnace filters once a month during your main heating season. Old or dirty filters can increase your energy costs and restrict airflow. This can also help you in the long run by saving you from buying a brand-new furnace.
2. Winterize the A/C and water lines
This easy task can save you quite a bit of cash down the road. Make sure to drain any hoses and air conditioner pipes, with no excess water in the equipment. If there is a water shut-off valve, make sure to also turn that off. Finally, neatly store your equipment so it can be kept in good condition.
3. Turn down the water heater
Most households have more steam than they use but continue paying for it. Lowering the temperature of your water heater can reduce your heating costs and energy production. Other alternatives to water tank heaters include tank-less water heaters or even solar heaters.
4. Invest in comfort
Winter is no time to be cutting costs on items that will make life easier and warmer. If you don’t have many, try investing in some cozy items for yourself and your home. This can include blankets, slippers, sweaters, sturdy winter boots and good quality gloves.
5. Install storm doors & windows
If you are concerned about winter flooding, snow or wind, consider investing in storm doors or stronger windows. This can increase energy efficiency, seal drafts and reduce airflow from outside.
6. Watch the thermostat
Watching your thermostat can help you lower heating costs in the long run. Try turning down the heat when you leave the house, reducing your energy costs.
7. Tune-up the heating system
Whether this includes a visit by the system manufacturer or just making sure the furnace is clean and properly adjusted, this tip will help keep your heating system in good condition.
There’s nothing like decorating for the holiday season to keep you warm and cheery! If you don’t celebrate Christmas, consider decorating with a wintery theme. This can include white lights, candles and even centerpieces made with bark and holly.
Have you started to winterize your home?
What a great time of year to live in Victoria. Although Victoria’s climate is mild, we still get 3.5 seasons! Looking to own a home in Victoria? Call RE/MAX Camosun today at 1-800-663-2121 and have one of professional and knowledgeable real estate agent start looking for a new home for you!
- July 2018 Real Estate Market Update - August 8, 2018
- Should You Finish The Basement Before You Sell? - January 10, 2018
- Real Estate Market Stats November 2017 - December 11, 2017
- 6 Ways To Save Money On Energy Costs This Winter - November 15, 2017
- Victoria Real Estate Market Stats October 2017 - November 6, 2017
- Getting Ready For Winter - October 20, 2017
- 2017 Franchise Times Ranks RE/MAX Top Real Estate Brand - October 19, 2017
- Victoria Top City For Canadian Women Again! - October 18, 2017
- Preparing Your Home For Sale – 10 Mistakes - October 3, 2017
- First Time Home Buyers - September 24, 2017