Winter is an undoubtedly harsh season in many regions across the country. While temperatures drop outside, homeowners can be tempted to crank the thermostat indoors. Yet this can lead to high energy costs. Before you decide to adjust the heat in your home, you should do a quick inspection of your property. Perhaps the reason your house is so chilly is because it's poorly insulated. Find out how to prepare your home for even the coldest winter.
Weather stripping is the most common method for insulating windows. Though it sounds fancy, weather stripping is typically just a piece of insulation shrink film. The film is fitted over windows and then blow-dried to seal out any cold draft that may creep through. Weather stripping is one of the simplest and least expensive options, but some homeowners do not like the appearance of the film.
It is not hard to locate drafts in the home. Simply hold your hand up to each window and wherever you feel cold air blowing, you have found a draft site. Try to determine if the draft is caused by a gap in the frame or a crack in the window. For gaps or ill-fitting frames, weather sealing can be used to stop the draft. If your windows are cracked, it may be time to consider replacing them altogether. Another simple solution is to add window dressings. Certain fabrics will help block the cold air from the outside and keep warmer air inside.
"Insulation needs to be replaced every five years, or it could end up costing you in energy bills."
Many experts believe that the majority of your home's heating is lost through the walls and roof, especially if you have old insulation. Insulation needs to be replaced every five years or so, and if yours has never been updated, you may be spending more than you have to on heating costs. Contact a specialist to assist you with the installation of new insulation throughout the walls of your home and in your attic. Once that step is complete, Amerhart can help you add property value by creating a new beautiful, custom designed ceiling from its Vintage Shiplap Paneling. Not only will you and your loved ones stay warmer during the winter, but you will also be able to enjoy a stylish new interior addition as well.
Doors are a major source of heat loss because they have to have gaps that allow for easy movement. To stop excess drafts from spreading through your home, you can slip a door snake to the bottom of interior doors. These insulating features slide easily onto the bottom of most doors, and they are often available in a variety of sizes and styles. Additionally, you can add a storm door to the main points of entry in your home. These act as a first shield against frigid winter winds, and help lessen the effects of a drafty door.
If your home has ceiling fans, you will need to make sure they are set to spin in a clockwise direction. This flow of air pushes the warm air downward, making it feel like your home is warmer. You can also add space heaters to rooms that need a little extra warmth.
Amerhart knows that winter is an especially trying time for homeowners, and wants to help you and your family stay comfortable and safe all season long. By making the changes suggested above, you can cut heating costs, prevent drafts in your home and get a spectacular new renovation.