Winter weather is here and your house is colder than you expected. One option is to crank up the gas or electric heater. Another option is to find out how to keep the cold out of your house in the winter.
Here are a few tips to help keep the cold out:
Check Doors For Gaps
- One obvious way is to look and see if there is daylight coming through the top, bottom or sides of the doors in your house.
- Run your hand slowly along the edges of your doors and see if there is any sort of breeze or cold air flowing through.
- Apply weather stripping where needed.
If you find gaps in your doors, cold air can instantly come into your house, as well as bugs! Sealing your doors helps keep the cold out in winter and the heat out in summer. You will also have the peace of mind of having that extra layer of protection against unwanted bugs entering your home. Your wallet will be happy as well once you stop the extra airflow coming into your home.
Check All Possible Areas Where Cold Air Can Enter Your Home
- Mail chutes
- Dryer vents
- Ventilation fans
- Cracks in the foundation
- Door frames
- Window frames
- Electrical, cable, phone and gas entrance lines
Check Windows for Gaps
- Even though a window may be closed all the way, doesn’t mean the cold air is kept out. Run your hand along the bottom and top of windows to feel for cold air flow.
- Add weather stripping where needed.
- Using extra thick curtains can help keep the cold air out of your home in the winter, but open the curtains during the day to let the sunlight heat the room.
- Can’t afford double-glazed windows? Try using a specialized film which is attached using a hair dryer.
Seal Your Attic
- Look for a professional to help you seal the many air leaks in your attic, add moisture barriers, plug open joist spaces, plug open stud spaces, fit flashing around the furnace flute, insert foam around pipes, insert foam around pipes, and seal your attic access hatch door.
Check Your Fireplace
- Lots of air can enter your home from your chimney. You can purchase a chimney balloon that inflates in your chimney to seal all air from entering your home, but make absolute certain you remove it before starting your fire!
Shut Unused Rooms
- Keeping unused rooms closed will prevent unwanted cold air from moving into the rest of your house from any of the unused rooms.
Cover Bare Floors
- Uninsulated bare floors can account for up to 10% of heat loss, according to the National Energy Foundation. Try adding rugs and carpets to the floor to stop some of the heat loss.
- If you have gaps in your flooring, use appropriate filler to close the gaps.
Did you know uncontrolled airflow in a house can carry moisture into the framing cavities, cause mold and rot, cause indoor-air-quality problems and waste electricity in your home. Make a plan right now to stop the excess air flow into your home.
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