As winter starts peeking its head around the corner, you are probably starting to think about winter-proofing your home. The cold weather typically hits all at once so you need to make sure you are prepared for those cold winter months. Making sure your home is warm, cozy, and comfortable all winter long will make for a happy family. Here are some tips for winter-proofing home and how to keep warm till spring hits.
Electric Tankless Water Heaters
One way to make sure that your home is ready for winter is to have an electric tankless water heater installed to save money on energy costs. Not only are they more energy efficient but they will save you quite a bit on your energy bill. These water heaters only provide water when it is needed and do not produce stand-by energy losses that come with standard water heaters, which ultimately is what saves you money.
They have the ability to heat your water without any storage tank. Tankless water heaters can also deliver you and your family a constant supply of hot water that you do not have to wait for. It works on bathtubs, appliances, dishwashers, and other water-based appliances in the home. If you are taking a shower and running the dishwasher at the same time, you need to be cautious because you could pushing the water heater to its absolute limit. These are perfect for small family homes who do not use a lot of hot water.
A whole house humidifier has the ability to clean out the air in your home, ridding it of allergens and humidity that causes breathing issues for you and your family. Standard humidifiers only target specific rooms of the home. A whole house humidifier hits every single room of your home, ridding the air of harmful allergens and pollutants.
Turning up the thermostat will raise the temperature in your home, but it won’t necessarily make you feel any warmer. Installing a whole house humidifier can help you feel warmer at lower temperatures. According the EPA, you can save up to 4% on your heating bill for every degree you lower your thermostat. And humidity control can help a home qualify for the National Association of Home Builders’ Green-Built Certification Program.
You can install a whole house humidifier in either a new or an existing heating/cooling system. There are even systems available for homes with radiant or baseboard heat, so the opportunity is there for everyone to benefit from a controlled-humidity environment.
You might still want to stock up on lotion for the winter—but you can keep it in your car instead of on your nightstand.