5 Easy Ways to Help Keep Your Home Warm This Winter
Check out these tips on how to increase your home's heating efficiency and help lower your utility bill.
Leave it to the coldest of the cold snaps to remind you what areas of your home need better insulation. It’s the first winter in our new home, and it seems
Here are some quick tips that you can implement in a pinch.
Doors offer many gaps for cold air to blast through. If you’re looking for a temporary solution during the cold front, invest in double draft stoppers that sit beneath the bottom of your door (they fit under windows too!). They cost less than $10 each and immediately protect heat from leaking out and cold air from seeping in. (Side note: I suspect that you can also make these at home using round foam pipe insulation, some
If you’re looking for a more permanent draft stop, install a door sweep to lessen the flow of air beneath a door.
Seal Your Doors
Vinyl foam weather seal does
Also, consider adding a storm door over your exterior doors to serve as a primary barrier to the elements and a window seal to drafty windows and paned glass doors.
Check Your Outlets
You might notice cold air coming through switches and outlets that sit on exterior walls. Foam outlet and switch inserts like these do exist for these situations; they’re little pads that sit right beneath the wall plate to insulate between the cold electrical box and the warm room.
Insulate the Basement and Attic
While it isn’t advised to insulate the ceiling between the basement and the first floor, you can help to prevent cold air from getting into the basement by filling the end joists with insulation. I used an R-19 product cut to 10-inch lengths, and fit it loosely in between each end joist so that the soft side of the insulation was lightly against the outer wall. You don’t want it compact, but allow the thickness of the insulation to protect against cold air that may be seeping inside.
Determine whether investing in attic insulation will help retain more heat into the house and improve your energy efficiency. Depending on your budget, square footage, and DIY prowess, you may want to invest in fiberglass rolls of R-49 that can be laid directly on the ceiling joists, or blow-in cellulose insulation that will sit all light and fluffy, like a cloud of warmth.
Finally, come springtime, take the time to reglaze paned glass windows. You will be able to tell which ones need a new glazing if you tap-tap-tap on the glass and feel (or see) that the glass is loose. Learn how to reglaze windows over here.