In our last blog, we told you about all the ways going green and adding more energy-efficient features to your home can save you a lot of money. One thing we talked about was insulation, an essential component to regulating the temperature in your home and making sure what you want to stay in, stays in, and what you want to stay out, stays out. With winter on its way, adding to and improving your home’s insulation is not only a fiscally responsible and environmentally friendly move, but will add to your own personal comfort during cold weather, and there are many ways to do it -- many of which you can even implement yourself!
Here are HCC’s top tips for keeping you cozy and warm throughout the fall and winter seasons, and hopefully saving you a buck or two in the process!
Change out your screen door to a solid glass window pane.
Add draught excluders to all exterior doors: What’s a draught excluder? The concept is actually quite simple; a draught excluder is any “long object that is put against the bottom of a door to stop cold air from entering a room.”
Weatherstrip your doors.
Consider double glazing your windows: What is a double glazed window? A double glazed window (or double-paned window) is simply a window with two sheets of glass instead of just one.
Implement cellular shades: The upside of cellular shades are that they allow you to let in sunshine while also minimizing the loss of heat at the same time.
Reglaze window panes: Glazing is that hardened putty coating on your windows that creates a seal between the glass and the wood, and every now and then, it needs to be redone and replaced.
Fill holes and weak points with putty or sealer.
Fill the gaps in your floorboards with silicone sealer or get a professional to fit floor insulation beneath the boards.
Cover up bare floorboards with carpeting or rugs.
Use a material such as fiberglass, mineral wool, or recycled paper products to insulate your loft or attic.
Add new HVAC ducts to heated areas. Or at least change their filters on a monthly basis.
You’ll want to consult an expert for this.
Wrap your hot water tank in jacket or blanket to keep both of you nice and cozy.
Avoid placing furniture directly in front of a radiator.
Doing so will obstruct the heat from moving freely about the room and be absorbed into the furniture instead.
If you have a chimney, consider getting a chimney balloon, which will help prevent you from losing heat this way.
This device works by being placed inside the chimney hole, then being inflated until all inside air is completely trapped and prevented from escaping. Just be sure to remove it before you start a fire!
Shut up unused rooms to trap cold or unheated air in that space and minimize how hard your heater needs to work to heat your home.
For more ideas or information on how to make your home as insulated and energy efficient as possible, we encourage you to contact High Caliber Construction at (928) 526 - 2156 or fill out our online form to tell us more about your project here.