It’s never too early to start preparing for the winter months and insulating your home is key to keeping the cold out. Not only that, proper insulation will keep your home comfortable all year round and save you on your electricity bill.
Here are some simple ways to get your home ready for the temperature drop by sealing doors and windows.
Find the insulation weak spots
Doors and windows are notorious for letting in cold air. Start by walking around your house, looking out for broken or cracked windows and doors that aren’t closing properly. If a closed window or door rattles or moves when you touch it, chances are it’s letting a little breeze through.
A simple way to find weak spots is to light a candle and pass it around closed doors and windows. If the flame flickers or goes out you know there is a spot where cold air is getting through.
Once you’ve found the leaks you need to decide the best way forward to fix the problem. See the options below to start you on your way.
A Little Tape Goes a Long way
Foam tape is a simple, cost effective solution for doors and windows that aren’t quite closing tightly enough. This super sticky “tape” can be stuck along door and window frames to create a tight seal that will make your home warmer and stop rattling when the wind picks up.
Putty it up
For older homes, it’s important to check the condition of your window putty. Years of exposure can cause the putty to crack allowing cold air to seep through. This will also help your windows look like new again.
Get a Door dog
They may seem silly and old fashioned but that sausage dog you’ve inevitably seen at the door of a relative’s house do wonders for keeping a draught from coming in under the door. It doesn’t need to be the dachshund type, a simple tube or weatherproofing strip attached to your door will do the trick.
Cover it up
Investing in quality curtains, blinds and shutters can not be neglected when it comes to insulation. When kept open in the day and closed at night, they help keep draughts out and warmth in.
Statistics show that a quarter of your home’s heat is lost through the windows and doors. These are not the only culprits though, making sure your home is properly insulated from the roof to the floor helps you live more comfortably and is better for the environment as you use less electricity.
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