The Kentucky Division of Water encourages Kentuckians to take advantage of pleasant fall weather to get their houses ready for the cold winter months with some simple winterizing projects.
- Weatherize your windows. If you have storm windows, install them before the cold weather hits. Or, use a clear plastic to cover the inside of the window, which can keep your home three to five degrees warmer without raising the thermostat.
- Open or uncover your vents that may have been covered in warm weather. Be sure that return air vents are also not blocked.
- Cover up to keep the thermostat down. Dress in extra layers with warm socks or slippers and keep the thermostat on a lower temperature.
- Replace your furnace filters. Clogged filters will make your furnace work harder and use more energy. A clean filter also helps keep allergens out of the air.
- Lower your thermostat when you go to bed. Cooler temperatures help you sleep more soundly and help control your energy costs. Add blankets to your bed for extra warmth.
- Lower your thermostat by ten degrees if you will be away from the house for two hours or more.
- Use a programmable thermostat.
- Use a door draft stopper to help keep cold air out.
- Keep doors closed as much as possible.
- Use weather-stripping around doors to prevent cold air from entering the home and caulk windows.
- If your home is heated by a hot-water radiator, bleed the valves by opening them slightly and when water appears, close them.