Floor-to-Ceiling Weatherizing Tips to Prevent Home Heat Loss and Save on Electricity
Have you done the winterizing for your home yet? If not then you want to get started on that as soon as possible. The sooner you get your home ready for winter, the sooner you will be able to save money on electricity and save on the heat that escapes from your home. When getting ready to winterize, you want to think about the whole house from floor to ceiling. Start with your home’s foundation and work your way up to the rooftop. Look at every crack and crevice to prevent heat from escaping out of your home this year.
The first thing that you want to look at when you are getting ready to winterize your home is the foundation of the home. Are there are any areas that need to be sealed up? Are there parts of the foundation that animals can burrow in to as it gets colder? If so, you’ll want to make sure that you block those areas off. If animals can get in then the heat can get out!
Once you have made sure that the foundation of your home is ready for the winter then you will want to head indoors. Start downstairs especially if you have a basement. This is one of the most common areas for heat loss in the home. If you have basement windows then you should cover them up with plastic to prevent heat from escaping during the coldest months of the year. You also want to wrap up any pipes or plumbing that may be exposed down in this cold part of the house.
Now you are ready to move up to ground level. You will want to take care of windows here as well. You probably don’t want to cover these with plastic but you may want to add storm windows or weather stripping to reduce heat loss. Treat your doors in the same way to make sure that energy isn’t escaping out through the gaps between your floor and your door. Another important thing to do at ground level is to make sure that you have insulated your water heater properly to prevent heat loss in this crucial area of the home. Finally, consider turning down your thermostat and throwing on a sweater to limit the amount of heat that you use in your home.
Now you are ready to head up towards the ceiling. If you have high ceilings then you might want to install some roof insulation or attic insulation. Heat rises and you can prevent a lot of heat loss by doing this. Another simple thing that you can do is to reverse the direction of any ceiling fans, which will cause the warm air to re-circulate downwards and will help keep the house warm. Take a look at your vents and ducts. Close any vents that are in rooms that don’t need to stay heated all winter. Make sure all ducts are clean and there are no unnecessary drafts here. Now look at your chimney; does it need to be cleaned out to make your fireplace more efficient at heating your home this winter? Do all of these things now and you’ll be ready for the rest of winter!
Publish Date: 2009-12-16 10:09:00
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