Nov. 11, 2016
We all know its coming. Soon the weather is going to change and the snow is going to fly. Be sure you are ready for it with these four ways to winterize your home.
Put storm windows on your house
Use a heat gun to find air leaks and make sure they’re sealed properly. It’s also important to install and close the windows tightly.
While pulling out, cleaning, and sealing your storm windows may not be the most enjoyable past time, you will save money and enjoy both fuller pockets and a warmer home.
Seal the cracks. Seal the heat
Minnesota winters can get very cold which mean heating costs can be very high if your house isn’t sealed properly. Don’t just seal around window panes but also seal window frames. Be sure not to neglect to seal doors, fireplaces and around electrical outlets. From attics to basements (and attached garages) anyplace heat can get out, seal the spot with caulk or silicone. You could save between 5%-30% on energy costs each year by sealing in heat, and your home will be more comfortable.
Protect Your Pipes
Use inexpensive pipe sleeves (from your local hardware store) to insulate both hot and cold water pipes running through unheated areas of the house. This will help keep your water temperature regulated, and prevent your pipes from freezing during the winter. It may also allow you to lower your water heater temperature during the winter months, which will save money on your energy bills.
Add Energy Efficient Financing
You can add energy-efficient financing to many purchase or refinance home loans Energy-Efficient Mortgages. EEM’s are options that can be added to VA, FHA, USDA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac refinance home loans.
Energy improvements can involve a wide variety of projects. For example, adding insulation, upgrading to energy-efficient windows, and installing water saving devices are good examples. Rules differ by program, but all of them will give you the ability to use the improved property value in the loan-to-value calculation.
With these four ways to winterize your home you will be more comfortable and perhaps you can save for that winter vacation in a much warmer climate.
For more information please call Team Boo at 651-231-3111.