The temperatures are dropping, the fireplaces are roaring, and we are searching for effective ways to prepare for the colder weather as the winter months approach. Instead of turning up the thermostat another degree, there are other ways to prepare your home to stay comfortable all winter long.
Home weatherization is the perfect way to seal up and insulate your home to keep it warm in the winter as well as cool during the hot summer months. Air is constantly escaping through windows, walls, and roofs, so heating and cooling systems work in overtime during extreme weather conditions. Home weatherization will help you save energy, save money, and stay cozy all season long.
Check Your Home’s Insulation
You or an insulation contractor can check the insulation levels in your walls by going through the outlets. Turn off your power, and remove the outlet cover. Begin by shining a flashlight in the outlet—if you can see the insulation, pull out a small piece to help determine the levels. Make sure to check in every room, as insulation might differ throughout the house. The roof is another big area for heat loss so have your attic insulation inspected as well.
Check for Air Leaks
As homes age, it’s important to continually inspect them for normal wear and tear. In order to check for air leaks, there are several methods you can try yourself. One method is to shine a flashlight over potential gaps while a partner inspects from the outside. Any light that shines through could be a potential leak. Another trick is to shut a window or door on a piece of paper, and if you can pull it out without it tearing, there is a leak. Caulking windows and adding or replacing weatherstripping around doors and windows is an easy solution to prevent these leaks.
Use Windows to Your Advantage
During cooler days, pull back the curtains so the natural sunlight warms up the room. At night, be sure to close the curtains to retain the heat from the day.
With just a few simple adjustments you can make sure your home is as efficient and comfortable as possible all winter long. Plus, you will continue to benefit from these improvements during the hot summer months.