Monthly Archive: November 2017

Prepare Your Home for Cold Weather

The truth is that cold weather is on its way whether you want it or not. There are various chores, repairs and upgrades you can do throughout your home in order to improve its insulation and energy-efficiency prior to the winter weather arriving.

These chores will go along way to creating a cozy and comfortable living space for you and your family to enjoy indoors when the weather outdoors isn’t as inviting.

STEPS TO WARM YOUR HOME

(1) ATTIC INSULATION

Prior to the winter weather, go into your attic space in your home and inspect the current condition of the insulation. Look for areas where there isn’t a thick level of insulation along the floor of the attic. Also inspect the roof above for cracks or gaps in the roof where cold air could enter into the attic and into your home.

(2) SEAL WINDOWS

Go to your local hardware store and purchase some plastic window sealant. This is an easy project that requires only a couple of hours to complete and will be very helpful for warming your home. You just need to place the plastic over each window and then tape it along the window frame. You should only need to purchase one or two rolls depending on the size of your home or the number of windows.

(3) CARPET

This is a larger project but if your home has laminate floors, hardwood floors or tile floors in need of repair or replacement, now might be the time to consider carpet in your home. You will find that carpet is much warmer than hard-surface flooring and will insulate your home during cold weather. This additional insulation will also help to reduce energy costs during the winter.

(4) FURNACE FILTER

Be sure to replace your furnace filter prior to the arrival of cold weather. A dirty furnace filter is much less efficient than a clean one and will not perform to its highest potential. To replace a furnace filter is a very fast project and usually costs no more than $10-20 per filter.

(5) SPACE HEATERS

For additional heat in a room, consider placing one or two space heaters throughout the room. Remember to turn off the space heaters before leaving your home or going to bed for the evening. If the weather isn’t too cold, it might be cheaper to run a space heater and bundle up under a blanket instead of turning on the heat in your home.

We hope these tips help you stay warm in your home this winter. No one is comfortable when their home is cold and these tips will help ensure you and your family won’t get the chills when inside the walls of your home.