Depending on where you live, wintertime can be extremely harsh in some places around the United States. If you feel like your heating has been running constantly and the bills are piling up, then perhaps it is time to find ways to effectively insulate your home.
Home insulation can help trap the heat inside and keep the draught out for good. Not only will you be saving on energy bills, but it is also incredibly useful for the environment.
The older your home, the less insulation it has so it is crucial to update your home insulation in key areas to retain heat and feel warm all through wintertime without worrying too much about power bills.
1. Insulate Your Windows to Trap Heat Inside
The most important step to take when insulating your home is to ensure your windows are properly covered and protected. Any cracks or gaps around the frame is bound to let outside chill seep in.
You will usually notice cracks, gaps, or small openings around the outer edges of the window frame. Instead of increasing your indoor heating levels, a more effective solution to keeping cold air outside is sealing these open corners using putty or sealer. Once all the gaps are patched, you will notice a significant drop in the chill.
Additionally, you could also replace single pane windows with double or triple pane. The gas-filled space inside double or triple pane windows help with insulation and trapping heat inside.
Although they may be pricier than patching open corners and cracks around the window, the long-term benefit is completely worth it. Replacing traditional windows with energy-efficient alternatives also has better resale value.
If purchasing new windows is not in your budget, then we recommend going the classic route and sealing heat inside using curtains, drapes, blinds, etc., to cover your traditional windows and keep the chilly air outside.
2. Insulate Underneath Your Exterior Doors
The next step to take for better insulation is to cover gaps underneath your exterior doors. Most of your heating escapes from underneath the doors. You can easily tackle this problem by purchasing door sweeps, foam fittings, etc.
You can find a variety of these on websites like Amazon or eBay, or you could purchase some from your local hardware store. Fit these underneath the door and if it is too tight or loose, and you can still see light seeping through, then raise the threshold.
However, if you are unable to find the right fittings or if you simply want to DIY it, then you can block the chill from blowing in by covering the bottom of exterior doors with thick cloth, mats, rugs, etc. If you have an old towel lying around, go ahead and tuck it in as much as you can to keep the chill at bay.
3. Fix Your Attic
Your attic may be the coldest room due to its architectural placement and thanks to the gaps and cracks around it that have never been properly covered.
You can even save 10% to 15% on heating bills if you insulate your attic and ensure it is retaining heat.
Calling in insulation experts can get the job done, but you could also DIY it because it is easy, inexpensive, and less time consuming.
Simply spot the coldest spots in your attic and locate any cracks, gaps, etc. You can cover them with putty, or even cotton balls for the time being until you find a permanent solution.
4. Fix Plumbing Gaps
Burst pipes, leaky faucets, unsealed gaps, etc., are a root cause of draughts and most people may not even notice the part they play in keeping your house frosty from the inside.
Be it burst or cracked pipes, faulty faucets, etc., you can insulate them by using silicon sealers and covering any sign of leaks. Try this with the plumbing in your kitchen, bathroom, and other parts of the house to get rid of the frostiness.
5. Insulate Your Hot Water Tank
Most homeowners may not understand the importance of insulating the hot water tank at home, but it is paramount to preserve the heat and keep your house toasty warm.
The new variety of hot water tanks available in the market are specially built with ample insulation to retain heat and prevent the chill from spreading around. If however, you own a traditional hot water tank, you may need to thoroughly inspect it to check if it needs insulation.
You can also stick to quick DIY remedies and wrap an insulated towel or blanket around the hot water tank to reduce heat loss significantly. Additionally, this will also help in saving money on electricity and heating bills.