With winter upon us, it’s time to ensure that your home is ready for the arrival of cold weather. Winterizing your home will help make certain that you’re able to keep your utility bills low while staying warm and comfortable even during the coldest months of the year. Below, we’ll cover five critical tips to help you achieve that goal.
Check Your Windows
Your home’s windows allow light in during the day and can be opened to help circulate air. However, they’re also sources of heat loss during the winter. This is particularly true for older homes where the caulking around the windows has dried and shrunk. Check your windows for dried, cracked, or damaged caulking and fill in any gaps. A home energy audit may also pinpoint windows where indoor air is escaping to the outside.
Check Your Attic
One of the most common sources of heat loss in a home is through the attic or ceiling crawlspace. The simplest way to stop this is by making sure that the space is well-insulated. You should have 12 inches of insulation in the attic. Climb up the ladder and look around. Can you see the tops of the ceiling joists? If so, you don’t have enough insulation and the heat in your home will escape through the attic. You can use foam or fiberfill insulation – just add enough so that the joists are completely covered.
Check for Air Leaks Around Your Doors
Just like your windows, the doors in your home can allow warm air to escape and cold air to enter. Check the weatherstripping around the entire doorframe and replace it if necessary. If there is a gap between the bottom of your door and the floor, you’ll need to install a draft guard. Finally, check for any gaps, cracks, or holes around the door and fill them with caulk.
Install a Mini-Split Unit
If you’re looking for a way to maintain a comfortable temperature in the living spaces of your home while reducing energy consumption, a ductless mini-split unit might be exactly what you need. These units are sized to work with individual rooms rather than heating and cooling the entire home, and they can be installed just about anywhere. Plus, true to their name, there is no ductwork to worry about, offering flexibility and convenience.
Check Your Roof
Have your roof inspected before the winter weather arrives. Check for missing, damaged, or curling shingles and replace them. While you’re inspecting it, check for any gaps or holes in the eaves that might allow air in or out of the home and seal them up. Debris like leaves and branches should be removed from the roof, particularly from any valleys where they might form dams.
Stay Warm and Cozy This Winter
With these tips, you should be ready for whatever winter might throw your way. You’ll be able to stay warm and comfortable indoors while reducing your energy consumption and lowering your utility bills.
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