4 Affordable Ways to Winterize your Home
Monday, November 26th, 2018 by Sabrina Hunter
A drafty house comprises the integrity of the heating system, resulting in higher utility bills. Insulating the home is a key element to winterizing your home.
Save heat and energy costs with these simple steps:
1. Door Draft Stoppers
Keeps the heated air inside the room and blocks the cold draft from coming under your door. It also effective from keeping insects and dust entering your room. They work well on both carpet and hardwood floors and you can even use them on the windows.
2. Honeycomb cellular shades
Best for insulation which can save you on energy costs throughout the winter. The honeycomb construction traps air to guard against the cold. Tightly installed cellular shades can help reduce heat loss for when you need it most.
3. Weatherstrip windows and doors
There are a few ways to test your windows for energy efficiency. Hold a candle by the window frame and as you slowly move it around the window edge watch the flame to see if it flickers. This is a sign that draft is coming through the windows.
For Casement/Double hung/Sliding Windows - Apply foam tape on the top and bottom of the window sash. This can also be applied to the door frame.
For Double Hung/Sliding Windows - Apply V-strip or tension seal to the sides of the windows. For doors apply to the top and sides of the door. Please be aware they can increase resistance in opening and closing doors and windows.
4. Install a programmable thermostat
This is one of the most cost-effective investments in your house. You don't have to keep the heat running while you are away from home. You can create a schedule to keep the house warm when you are home and gradually lower the heat when you leave. The department of energy reported that you can save on energy costs when you adjust the thermostat by 1 degree per 8 hours of the day.
Get it right with Weathertite Systems and winterize your home today!