An important part of the end of the year preparations is ensuring you do an home upgrade that protects you against the harsh weather conditions in winter and also gives you some form of comfort and appeal when you'll have to stay indoors. Weather changes before winter can cause some homes to have air leaks in the winter. These drafts are usually around windows and doors and they result in energy waste. The most significant air leaks are hidden in the attic and basement. These leaks raise your energy bills and make you uncomfortable during winter.
Here are a few Sealing and Insulation Ideas
Seal Drafty Doorways: Use weather stripping to fill air leaks between and above doors and the door frames. For large drafts in doors and windows, you can use a double draft stopper to block air leaks. Drafts are leaks in windows and doors that allow air to enter and waste energy. You can install a door sweep yourself using a few simple tools.
Plug the Big Holes First: The biggest challenges you have are from the big holes and its better to concentrate your efforts on plugging those holes as they tend to waste your efforts first. Draw a sketch and highlight the areas with the big holes too.
Insulate the Attic: Apply Unfaced insulation in the attic to prevent heat. To insulate, buy bundles of unfaced insulation and lay it on the surface of the attic. Ensure the spaces you are looking to fill are properly filled. For more confidence, you can apply a second layer. You can use fiberglass batts or blown-in insulation to insulate your attic.
Insulate Your Water Heater: Putting thick clothing around your water heater helps keep the water warm during the cold season. Adding this layer of insulation increases energy savings.
Thick Curtains During Cold Months: Install Thick curtains around the house in the cold season. Especially if you have drafty windows.
Identify air leaks: Look for air leaks in your home, such as gaps around windows and doors, electrical outlets, plumbing fixtures, and other openings. You can use a smoke pencil or incense stick to identify drafts or use a thermal imaging camera to identify temperature differences.
Seal air leaks: Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around windows and doors, and use foam sealant to seal gaps around plumbing and electrical fixtures.
Insulate your walls: If your home has uninsulated walls, you can use blown-in insulation to add an extra layer of insulation. This can help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Insulate your floors: If you have a crawl space or unfinished basement, you can insulate the floors to help prevent heat loss. You can use fiberglass batts or rigid foam insulation to insulate the floors.
Remember to always follow safety guidelines when working with insulation and other building materials, and make sure to wear protective gear such as a dust mask and gloves.
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