Weatherizing your home is nothing but ensuring that heat stays within your home in those long wintry nights. Even if your home is leak-proof, heat can escape if the insulation isn’t done properly. According to Handy, proper insulation can reduce energy bills by approximately 32%. So, it is a good idea to properly insulate your house.
Tips & Tricks
Here are some tips to weatherize your home
- Weatherproof your doors and windows
Leaking doors and windows can lead to a whole world of problems. Weatherproofing it prevents unwanted dust, moisture, mold, and bugs from creeping into your home. Weather-stripping your home not only insulates it for further heat but also improves the all-over air quality of the house as well.
Here is a simple experiment to detect if you require waterproofing. Try wiggling in a fingernail through the window crack. If it’s unable to pass, you’re in the clear, however, if it does, you need waterproof the window.
- Use door sweeps
Did you know that having as less as one-eight-inch gap between the floor and your door lets in as much air as a half-open window? It’s only a matter of time you feel the chill of the outside and the inevitable death chill when your hit with the electricity bill at the end of the month.
Door sweeps can help you to manage such gaps with relative ease and with minimum effort. It’s simple and all you need to do is nail it to the exterior of the door. For best results, we recommend you repeat this process on all exterior doors.
If you’re still not convinced of the need to install a door sweep, just lay a paper on the frame of the door and close it. You don’t need a door sweep if the paper tears when you try to pass it through the gap.
- Use foam and chalk
Chalks and foams are a great substitute for sweeps. If you’re not keen on the idea of hammers and nails, feel free to try these out instead. Even before the invention of sweeps; chalks and foams were the go-to solutions to prevent the heat from escaping a room. Unlike the sweeps, you only need to apply them, and you can also reach those hard to reach places as well.
- Try plastic windows
Window insulation kits have been on the rise for quite a while. If you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford to weather-strip your whole house, and the electricity bill is an inch away from giving you a stroke, go for plastics.
They are inexpensive, easy to install, and can efficiently prevent drafts from entering your home, and the heat from sweeping out.
Since plastics are cheap, you can always move onto another method if it doesn’t work out. However, if the installation was done correctly, it can save you lots of money, both in installation and bills.
Handy believes that using a water heater blanket for your water tanks is also a good idea. It prevents heat loss by 25% and reduces reheating costs by 4%. For a mere inexpensive piece of garment, it sure provides a lot of value throughout the year and the cold winter nights.