The Best Way Winter Proof Your Home!
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The winter months are upon us once again, and due to the economic situation and expanding environmental awareness, many of us are very energy conscious this year.[box style=”rounded”]Make sure you click here to like > Daily Green Post on Facebook < to be updated every time we find new tips on helping the environment, plus exciting and innovative new ways to help you and your family.[/box]
However, the prospect of [easyazon_link asin=”1565235916″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” tag=”glocaszon-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” nofollow=”default” popups=”default”]Weatherproofing: The DIY Guide to Keeping Your Home Warm in the Winter, Cool in the Summer, and Dry All Year Around (Handy Homeowner)[/easyazon_link] can seem complicated – but there are easy and straightforward steps you could take make your home more winter proof without a complete overhaul. It does not have to be a big, costly task. Here are some easy ways to keep out the cold out and keep in the heat.
- Caulk: it’s not just for the restroom
Caulk is an excellent and inexpensive way to secure air cracks around your home. It can be made use of in the attic, around non-moving window panes (particularly between the window frame and the wall), in fractures in your home’s siding, around door jambs (where they join the wall), as well as at the base of the home siding where it meets the foundation.
- Install a thermostat so you can regulate the temperature
This is an easy way to ensure that your heating system will not be working to warm your house when you don’t require it. It also covers you in case you leave your house or go to bed and forget to lower the thermostat.
- Get your heater serviced
Keeping your heating system in top working order is very important for energy saving. Ensure it is running effectively prior to the winter season, to prevent repairs in the winter months, when going without central heat while waiting for repair works can be awkward or even unsafe.
- Put a warm scarf around your house
Insulating your attic room is like putting a winter bonnet on your home. It keeps heat from escaping with the roofing system – remember, heat rises. While you are concentrating on the top of your residence, examine your rain gutters and see that they are clean and without debris, and check your chimney for air cracks. Such leakages can be secured quickly with caulk.
- Consider storm windows
[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”1565235916″ cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51syTxCT-cL._SL160_.jpg” popups=”default” tag=”glocaszon-20″ width=”133″]Weatherproofing: The DIY Guide to Keeping Your Home Warm in the Winter, Cool in the Summer, and Dry All Year Around (Handy Homeowner)[/easyazon_image]Interior storm windows are an economical method to keep heat from escaping, and they can be taken down when winter is over. They even can be found in plastic sheets which are the least pricey option.
- Water pipes will need Insulation
One of the main fears in turning the thermostat down is freezing water-pipes. Pipe insulation, though, is a relatively easy method to guarantee against this occurring. Pipe sleeves or tubes made of foam can be bought at most hardware stores, and are cut so that they fit right over the water-pipes.
- Apply weather protection to all outside doors and windows
Climate stripping is affordable and easy to apply – it ought to be put along the edges of windows and doors, don’t forget your basement or attic room windows and of course the garage.
- Ensure your front door is Weather proof
You could change your existing front door with a more energy-efficient one, or include a storm door to your existing one. The most crucial thing is to be sure the edges of the door are securely sealed and square, if not it may mean a little work is required or might indicate a new door and frame are needed.