Winter is good at finding every possible gap in your home and letting the freeze settle in. If you’re trying to keep your house warm, this can be frustrating and expensive to deal with, since your heater will end up trying to warm the neighborhood because of these cracks. Here are some ways you can your house hold heat without running your heater at max temperature.
Keep Your Home Warm This Winter
1- Check All Openings
Windows, doors, vents, and other openings are all essential to check. If they aren’t sealed off correctly or are drafty, you could be pouring money out through those cracks. To help your house hold heat, the expensive option would be to replace your drafty doors or windows. This change could cost thousands depending on your situation- which is out of many people’s price range.
Another option would be to close the gaps temporarily with fabric draft blockers that you can buy on sites like Etsy or eBay. They aren’t a permanent fix and can be a little annoying to handle.
If you aren’t sure which windows or doors are drafty, you can do the candle test to check. This test means lighting a candle and holding it close to doors and windows to see if it flickers. If it shifts or moves towards or away from exits or entrances- those are the areas where there is a draft.
2- Check Your Insulation
Insulation can make or break your energy bills. Check your insulation and ensure that you’re getting enough coverage from it. If not, you may have to replace the insulation or have more added. This change could be insulation below wooden floorboards, in walls, or your attic. Different states have different laws and regulations about how insulation can be used, so research what’s necessary before making any changes. There’s no need to look for Calgary homes for sale just because of insulation issues- you can repair and replace yours.
If you’re not sure the last time the insulation was checked, and your family has owned your home for over thirty years, have a professional check your insulation for asbestos since this could be dangerous to your health.
3- Maintain Your Roof
Many don’t think much about their roof unless there’s patching needed, or it’s leaking. There are some essential things to think about, though! If you don’t clean your gutters often enough or are clogged, ice can build up on your roof, causing damage. This damage can cause flooding, leaks, heating issues, and even problems with your siding. Heavily consider if your roof is healthily maintained and capable of helping your house hold heat.
You can have a professional check your roof for damage, and see if this is your problem. Unfortunately, a roof that needs to be replaced is one of the most expensive things that can be done. Usually costing between five to fifteen thousand dollars, a new roof could break the bank. This change will help save money in the long term, avoiding water damage and heating and cooling costs.
Hopefully this article has been helpful in showing you how you can keep your home warmer this winter. If you’d like know more about maintaining your home or saving money, be sure to check out the rest of the content on the site as well as my YouTube page.