5 Tips for Insulating Your Home to Stay Warm in Winter

Staying warm in the winter is easy – provided that you take a few measures to insulate your home. Luckily, today’s homes are mostly insulated with the advanced materials that builders use. Inevitably, though, some heat escapes, especially through the attic, or through the vents. Also, if you have older windows, there could be a chance that the warm air is escaping through the window and door frames in your home. When it comes down to it, making sure that your home is fully insulated can not only create a warm, cozy environment for the winter, but it can also save you money. If less heat is used and if less heat escapes, the less money you have to spend on utilities. Here are five tips for insulating your home to stay warm in the winter.

  1. Re-insulate your attic. By providing more insulation in the attic, you can affectively trap heat inside and make your home warmer. Many homes have attics that just don’t have enough insulation. In order to remedy this situation, you must add more. Adding insulation yourself is easy, but takes a little work. Chances are that with a good partner, you can get the work done within a few hours.
  2. Seal your windows and door frames. If you have an older home, there is a good chance that you have old windows as well. Old windows can be recipe for energy leaks, because overtime, the caulking or sealant can break lose. Fixing this little problem is easy, but it is finding the leak that is the hardest. Basically, you have to carefully move your hand around to feel for cold air. If cold air is detected, it is recommended to seal the leak with caulk. You can usually find caulking at your local hardware store.
  3. Place rugs down on your floors. Rugs can be an excellent way to insulate your home, because they can provide warmth and a nice aesthetic touch. If you have hardwood floors or cement floors, there is a good chance that it will be quite uncomfortable to get up in the morning and walk around your home with bare feet.
  4. Maintain your HVAC unit. Making sure that your HVAC unit is in efficient working conditioning before the extreme weather comes around is vital. Also, making sure your HVAC unit is working efficiently will prepare your home for the warm weather that will come around next summer. For instance, you may want to think about switching from r22 to r410a coolant - and you want to switch out your old filter for a new one.
  5. Insulate your pipes. If you live in an area that gets particularly affected by the winter, there is a strong chance that you would benefit from insulating your pipes with pipe insulation. Freezing pipes can be a serious and expensive problem - not to mention that you’ll be waiting forever in the cold for a hot shower. Insulate your pipes and when the winter hits, you’ll be glad you did.

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