How to Stay Warm & Comfy This Winter Without Breaking the Bank
Blustery winter weather makes staying comfortable a challenge in the colder months. Wind, sleet, and freezing rain seem to sap the warmth right out of your home. Here are some ways to keep your home warm and your energy bills low, without spending a fortune on expensive home improvements.
Keep the Cold Outside
According to government sources, chilly air can creep into homes through any opening left un-sealed. Before the cold really starts setting in, take the time to inspect the outside of your home for loose trim or gaps in the siding. Look at the points where the water or electrical lines come into the house. These openings should be sealed to block airflow using any number of consumer products including: grout, caulk, or injectable foam insulation. Be sure to follow all instructions before using any of these.
For the inside of your home, check windows doors and doorjambs for drafts. Replace worn weather stripping if air comes in around the door or window itself. Make sure all windows & external doors fit tightly in their frame. If a window draft can’t be fixed with caulk, a film kit might be a good option. These kits let you seal the window with a thin layer of plastic that keeps the cold air out.
Keep the Heat Inside
Heat likes to move from warm areas to cold areas. When you feel the cold radiate through a window, you’re actually feeling the heat being drawn away from the house. Heat loss through windows can be blocked by blinds or heavy curtains. For the best results, use draperies with a thermal lining. Glass panel doors can be protected by adding curtains or decorative plastic film. Isolated cold spots on walls can be shielded with bookcases or decorative screens.
Don’t forget the top and bottom of the house. An extra layer of insulation in the attic helps stop expensive heat from rising through the roof. Installing carpet or placing rugs in attics, crawl spaces, and basements can do wonders for improving your home’s heating efficiency.
Keep the Comfort Constant
It doesn’t matter how well-protected your home is if the furnace isn’t working at its best. Have your HVAC (heating/air conditioning) system inspected and maintained every year. Regular inspections can identify problems before they become a cold-weather crisis, as well as improve the energy efficiency of your heating appliances. Routine maintenance provides the same benefit for your furnace that a tune-up provides for your car; the system runs more efficiently and can even last longer, reducing the cost of owning your home.
Whether you are just looking to inspect your home for issues, or you need a full-home-efficiency-makeover, contact Rapid Repair Experts. We can offer advice, maintenance, and full service home heating performance optimization. Don’t be out (or inside) in the cold; contact us today to request a service call or consultation.