How to Winterize Your Home for Energy Efficiency

Caulking a home and setting its smart thermostat
To maximize your home’s energy efficiency, seal any gaps on the exterior and set your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. (DepositPhotos)

Many homeowners hear the weatherman say it’s time to winterize the house, but they’re not even sure what that means.

Winterizing a home means making it energy efficient — keeping cold air out and warm air in. Here’s a crash course on how to do that!

Outside the Home

  • Look for gaps around windows and doors, hose bibs, gas pipes and dryer vents. Seal big gaps with expandable foam; seal other gaps with caulk — use a color that matches your home so there’s no need for touch-up paint.
  • Use hose bib, or faucet, covers to insulate exposed water lines. They’re affordable, easy to install and ensure there’s no freeze damage whatsoever.

Heating Your Home

  • To save the most money, set your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit

Watch the full segment, featured on The Weather Channel’s “AMHQ,” above to learn more!

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