6 Tips to Stay Warm in Your New Home
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
1. REPAIRING DRAFTY AND LEAKY WINDOWS
Windows tend to be the main cause of heat loss and drafts especially for vintage dwellings. When storm windows are available, make certain that they're properly installed and they can totally close with no trouble. Utilize silicone caulk to close off cracks and holes. Get rid of air conditioning units in the windows since the air vents on the AC can permit wintry air in your home. By applying weather stripping to the wooden windows, you will help seal off the holes that happen to be between the sill and the bottom part of the window frame.
Older 1-pane home windows could be leading to reduction of temperature from your home. Even so, plastic sheets or window shades can help minimize heat loss. You should make sure that the sheeting is air tight and lower shades during the night in order to preserve heated air inside the house. It is also necessary that you open the shades during the day to benefit from the passive warmth from the sun.
2. REPAIR DRAFTY DOORS
It's important for you to make sure that all your entry doors shut fully and also there isn't any space between the frame and the door. It is possible to tell if there are drafts by moving a lit candle round the door frame to ascertain if it flickers. When it flickers, that is a straightforward indication that you've got drafts. It is possible to fix the drafts making use of silicone caulk or weather stripping.
3. ADDING INSULATION TO THE ATTIC
By just insulating attics, you'll help in reducing the quantity of heat lost out of the roof. This could ensure that you continually feel toasty and comfy. Though installing insulation can be a little costly, it will have an excellent return on investment.
4. USE A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT
A thermostat will ensure your house remains energy efficient by keeping the bills low. When you install a programmable thermostat, there is no need to physically set the temperature you find appropriate each time you go away and when you get home. The thermostat changes your house's temperature instantly therefore providing optimum comfort level if the house is occupied. You can also set the thermostat in order to reduce your house's temperature when nobody is at your home.
5. INSULATE OUTLETS
It is easy for someone to disregard outlets and light switches if they're weatherproofing their new house. Electric outlets are simply holes in the walls and they could be a source of heat loss from your home or chilly drafts, and that's why you need to look at them. Consequently, you ought to make sure that they are insulated. Insulation kits used on electrical outlets and light switches are pre-cut foam insulators which can be set behind the wall or switch plates. You may also elect to cut your own insulator foam however make sure that the foam is fire retardant in order to avoid electrical fires.
6. MAKE USE OF A WATER HEATER BLANKET
A water heater blanket is essentially a blanket put around your water heater to help reduce heat loss thus allowing you to spend less on the energy bills. Additionally, it ensures that the water heater keeps a consistent temperature.
If you are looking for more resources regarding what to do once you move to a new home, get a hold of A-1 Freeman Moving Group, your local moving company in Wichita Falls.
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