The wintertime is almost here, which means that you have to get busy preparing your home for the frigid weather. On top of taking efforts to get your ducts cleaned and making sure that your HVAC system – particularly your heater – is maintained and in working condition, you also want to make sure that your home is fully prepared to retain all the heat your furnace produces. If you have leaks and drafts, your home will be less than comfortable this winter season. Not only that, but you may also start to experience higher energy bills. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to increase your home’s efficiency and energy retention. Here are four ways to reduce home heat loss this winter.
- Insulate your attic. It is important to insulate your attic. Not only will it help retain heat, but it will also prevent that heat from turning into a potential nuisance. You see, insulation helps control and regulate the heat from your furnace – mainly so that it doesn’t escape through your roof. In the winter – when you have ice and snow on your roof – you don’t want heat to pass through – that could cause melting. All that water could pour back into your home. By installing insulation in the attic, you can make your home more comfortable and you can prevent potential flooding.
- Seal all drafts. It is also imperative to seal any drafts that you find. One of the best ways to look for drafts is to use your hand – simply wave your hand over door frames, window frames, and even your foundational walls. You want to feel for small leaks of air. If you have all your windows closed, the drafts will be barely perceptible, so you really want to place your hand close. Once you find all these leaks, you want to seal them using caulking, epoxy resin and other winterization materials.
- Use floor coverings. A simple rug or thick floor covering can work wonders when it comes to heat retention. If your home is close to the ground and you live in an area where there are a lot of groundwater streams, the earth under your home can turn into a giant ice cube. This will get in the way of your efforts to properly keep the climate warm inside your home. With a few rugs and floor coverings, you can prevent this radiant coolness from making your home feel more frigid than it is. Plus, rugs can really tie a room together.
- Install blinds. Blinds can also work wonders when it comes to retaining the heat inside your home. Dark blinds can work especially well at absorbing the sun’s rays and providing a radiant heat to your home. If you don’t have blinds, the chill from the windows will start to refrigerate your home, so blinds may be your only saving grace. Just make sure, though, that the blinds are thick enough to truly insulate your windows – otherwise your efforts may be fruitless.