6 Tips to Stay Warm in Your New Home
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
1. FIXING DRAFTY AND LEAKY WINDOWS
Windows tend to be the primary cause of heat loss and drafts especially for vintage homes. If storm windows are available, make certain that they are adequately installed and they can totally shut without having trouble. Utilize silicone caulk to close off splits and holes. Remove ac units on the windows since the vents on the AC will permit frigid air into the home. By making use of weather stripping on the wooden windows, you can help seal the holes that are between the sill and the bottom of the window frame.
Old 1-pane home windows might be causing reduction of heat from your home. Yet, plastic sheets or window shades may help reduce heat loss. You need to make sure that the sheeting is air tight and lower shades at night in order to retain warm air inside the house. Additionally it is important for you to open the window shades in the daytime to benefit from the indirect warmth from the sun.
2. REPAIR DRAFTY DOORS
It is necessary for you to make sure that all your entry doors shut completely and also there isn't any space between the frame and the door. You'll be able to know if there are drafts by moving a lit candle round the doorway frame to find out whether it flickers. In the event it flickers, this is a straightforward sign that you have drafts. You'll be able to repair the drafts making use of silicone caulk or weather stripping.
3. ADDING INSULATION IN THE ATTIC
By insulating attics, you will help in reducing the quantity of heat lost through the roof. This will make sure that you always feel snug and comfortable. Though increasing insulation can be a little pricey, it will have an excellent return on investment.
4. USE A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT
A thermostat will make sure your house stays energy efficient by keeping the bills low. If you set up a programmable thermostat, you don't need to physically set the temperature you find ideal every time you go away and once you get home. The thermostat adapts your residence's temperature automatically hence providing maximum coziness whenever the house is occupied. You can also set the thermostat to decrease your residence's temperature when nobody is in the home.
5. INSULATE OUTLETS
It is simple for someone to disregard electric outlets and light switches if they're weatherproofing their new home. Outlets are simply holes in the walls and so they could be a cause of heat loss from your home or cold drafts, which is why you must inspect them. Consequently, you ought to ensure that they've been insulated. Insulation kits used on electric outlets and light switches are pre-cut foam insulators which may be set behind the wall or switch plates. You may even decide to trim your own insulator foam but be sure that the foam is fire retardant to avoid electrical fires.
6. USE A WATER HEATER BLANKET
A water heater blanket is actually a blanket put around your water heater to help minimize heat loss consequently helping you save money on the energy bills. In addition, it helps to ensure that the water heater maintains a consistent temperature.
Should you be looking for more resources about what to do after you move to a new residence, contact A-1 Freeman Moving Group, your local moving company in Little Rock.
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