Drafts are your number one culprit when it comes to losing heat during the winter, but how do you fix it? Here are a couple of simple techniques that can help. The first and most effective change you can make in your home would be to install new sweeps on all of your doors. When it comes to sliding doors you can install closed-cell foam weather stripping inside the door. Another great way to keep drafts from infiltrating your home is to install weather stripping! It is the process of sealing all openings such as doors, windows, and trunks.
Insulate The Basement And Attic
Although it is essential to insulate all areas of your home, the basement and attic are the most important place to do so in order to retain heat. 25% of heat is lost in the attic and this can be easily reduced with 25 cm of insulation. Not only this but heat can be lost through old basement windows and also poor insulation, repair them before the winter weather comes. It will save you a surprising amount of money in the long run.
Reglaze your Windows
Don’t forget to reglaze your windows whenever you get a chance to this spring. You will only need to reglaze your exterior windows when the harden putty surrounding them has deteriorated. How can you tell if this has happened? If you see small cracks or the window glass shakes, it may be time for a repair.
Now there is more than one excuse to buy that fabulous rug you’ve had your eye on – it will also keep your home warm. Not only rugs but long curtains, add knits or throws to every couch and chair, opening windows when the sun can heat up the room can all be efficient ways to stay warm. Not only this but you can also stay warm at night by filling up an old fashioned hot water bottle and leaving it near your feet.
Change Your Furnace Filter
Having your furnace filter changed is essential to the overall maintenance and cost of your energy bill. When your filter is clogged It will cause your furnace to work harder. Think about it like this, your furnace will be working harder to keep you at your accustomed level of warmth through out the winter – make it easier.
Get Your Boiler Serviced
Once we all start spending less time outdoors it is essential that you get your boiler serviced. It may even be time to replace your current model with a more efficient one. Having it serviced will help ensure that it stays efficient through out the winter.
Many older homes have beautiful decorative fire places that are unused. They can also be a culprit when it comes to keeping your home cozy in the winter months. There is a large amount of heat that can be lost in a vacant chimney. You can buy an inexpensive chimney balloon made from a special laminate that is placed in the chimney hole and keeps air from escaping. But just remember to remove it if you start any fires!