The winter months bring many concerns to the forefront of every home-owners mind. Specifically when it comes to maintenance and keeping things warm and strong. Every home loses heat during these harsh months, but depending on your home’s integrity, you might be losing more money and heat than you would like. The best time to stop rampant heat loss is before winter starts.
An open door is the easiest way to invite a cold wind into your home. You should be able to keep your home nice and toasty by keeping doors closed when necessary, but occasionally drafts will still sneak in.
If you notice problems with your door, you should first find a way to seal it. Some people will use a caulking gun to fill in the cracks, but other people find ways to keep out the heat with additional homemade “padding”. Some doors will have enough room for you to wrap a blanket underneath them, helping mitigate heat loss in the absence of a more permanent solution.
Having lackluster windows is probably the most common way you waste money on your energy bill. This could be for several reasons, but one frequently notable one is cracks and weathered-down stripping. One way to prevent this is by getting an annual inspection on your windows’ integrity.
Windows rated by Energy Star can reduce your heating and cooling bills throughout the year. If you can afford the costs, you can also try adding weatherstripping, which is similar to caulking doors as previously mentioned.
Heat rises in your home, but if you have a poor insulation job, the heat will exit through the walls of your home much easier. If it has been a while, you should give your insulation an inspection. While it is something homeowners rarely have to deal with, you may need to hire someone to replace your insulation to avoid having a tough winter.
If you plan on doing it yourself, make sure you have the proper gear. Insulation can be irritating to the skin and eyes, so you should protect yourself with goggles and gloves at the least. Replacing your insulation can make your life way easier come the winter storms.
By inspecting all of these potential entry points, you will be able to protect your family and home from the darker months of the year. Taking these precautions in the summer and fall will keep you particularly safe.