When it’s really cold outside and there’s snow on the ground, although it can be fun to make snowmen and have snowball fights with our family members and friends, after an hour or so of it, all that most of us can think about is getting into our house where it’s nice and warm. Yet, for some of us, it can be a bit of a challenge to keep our house at a comfortable temperature because there are drafts and leaks throughout some of our various rooms.
If this is something that you can relate to and you’d like a few tips on things that you can do to reduce heat loss in your house during the wintertime season, we have provided you with a list of five things below:
Conduct an energy audit. One of the best ways to know if you have air leaking out of your house is to conduct an energy audit. It will walk you through all of the steps to check the insulation in your attic and also the holes or cracks that could be around your windowsills and doors. There are professional energy auditors who you can hire to do the audit for you. Or, you can do it yourself by going to Energy.gov and put “DIY energy audit” in the search field.
Add more insulation in your attic. Speaking of your attic’s insulation, according to many energy experts, a lot of people end up spending more money on their energy bills simply because they don’t have enough insulation in their attic space. That’s why it’s a good idea to inspect your own once a season. It should be 12″ thick and it’s best to use an eco-friendly material like cotton, sheep’s wool and aerogel.
Change your window treatments. Although it’s best to have double-pane windows, whether you do or not, there is something else that you can do that will help to keep heat from escaping the rooms of your house; the good news is that it doesn’t cost a lot of money to do. Stores like Target, Kmart and Wal-Mart all sell thermal curtains. They are curtains that are made out of the kind of material that is specifically to be able to keep heat inside of your home.
Put some caulking in your cracks and holes. There are other great tips to reduce heat loss. For instance, if you happen to walk past a window or door and you happen to feel a draft, that’s probably because there are some tiny cracks or holes along the sides of your windows or doors. Usually, they are pretty easy to fix. All you need to do is go to a local home improvement store to purchase some caulking. By applying a thin layer of it to those areas, the drafts should no longer be an issue, in just a matter of moments.
Weather-strip your doors. Speaking of doors, another thing that causes heat to escape a lot of homes is space right under the door. You can prevent your heat from escaping through there by either applying some weather-stripping to the bottom of your door, or by simply putting a towel in front of it. For some other great weather-stripping tips, visit DIY Network and put “weather-stripping tips” in the search field.