Winter is on its way! Is your home equipped to withstand the blustery winter winds, snow, and icy windows? By properly winter-proofing your house, it will be equipped to withstand the cold, keeping warm air inside and cold air outside where it belongs.
Fortunately, winter-proofing your house doesn't have to be extremely expensive. These practical strategies for winterizing your home are affordable, simple to carry out on your own, and should help lower your winter energy expenditures.
1. Have Storm Doors Installed
A storm door is an extra exterior door that provides additional protection during the chilly winter months. Storm doors, which are often constructed of wood, plastic, or aluminum, give another layer of insulation around the entryways to your home. This helps you keep cold air out of your home and allows you to preserve your heat.
2. Get Any Gaps or Open Spaces Caulked
Grab your caulking gun to prevent chilly drafts from chilling your house. Look for tiny cracks along the frames of the doors and windows. Have someone blow air from a hair dryer into problematic gaps while you run a candle around the inside of window and door frames to locate leaky locations. If the light flitters, a draft is present. To save on heating bills and keep warm throughout winter, caulk over the leaky area.
3. Create a Draft Snake
Draft snakes are a cheap way of warding off the cold, which is an excellent reason why they are beneficial in winter-proofing your home. It's simple to build your own draft snakes by stitching fabric into a long tub and stuffing a bag with sand or rice. Draft snakes can be purchased in stores or online if you don’t have the time to make your own.
4. Place Bubble Wrap on Your Windows
When it comes to winter heating loss, inefficient windows are one of the main reasons why your home could be losing heat. If your windows are old, there's a chance that they won't be able to keep the heat secured inside your home. However, replacing old windows is pricey.
Fortunately, there is a short-term fix to stop chilly air from seeping in through your windows. Consider wrapping them in bubble wrap. The bubble wrap will, despite its peculiar appearance, keep cold air out while still allowing light to pass through the glass.
5. Keep an Eye on Your Thermostat
Although you might be tempted, turning up the thermostat can result in a high energy bill. Instead, lower the temperature before going to bed and while you are away from the house. A programmable thermostat can be adjusted to turn on the heat as soon as you need it by synchronizing it with your alarm and work schedule.
Winter is rapidly approaching, don’t wait to prepare for the winter months, call BEAM HVAC today!