No one likes to hear the dreaded “W” word, but before we know it, winter will be here. While fall still gives us some nice days, take the time for a few home improvements. You will be glad you did once the cold weather arrives.
- Install air sealing to stop cold drafts and save energy.
- Properly insulate your home. Check insulation levels and upgrade as needed. (See our tips further down.)
- Seal heating ducts with mastic and add R6 insulation to stop heat from escaping into unheated areas of your home.
- Service heating equipment to make sure it is fuel-efficient, as well as safe and clean for winter operation.
- Install programmable thermostats, such as EnergyStar.
- Plug fireplaces with Styrofoam block to stop warm air from escaping up the chimney. Remove this insulation when the fireplace is in use.
- Check your outer doors for cracks and gaps. Seal these or consider replacing your doors. We offer both fiberglass and steel constructed doors with custom-glazing options.
- Clean leaves out of gutters and drainpipes and see if these need replacement.
- Have your chimney and heat flues checked to make sure they are functioning properly.
Insulating & Weatherstripping
After sealing air leaks, consider increasing insulation levels to save energy and improve home comfort. The following areas should be insulated to these levels:
- Basement ceiling or area under first floor: R25
- Top of basement walls (sill plate and rim joists): R11 to R19
- Attic: R38 to R49
- Walls and knee wall areas: R11 to R22
- Install low-expanding foam around window frames. Many window frames are insulated with fiberglass, which is not effective at stopping drafts. Seal outside windows with silicone caulk.
We offer EnergyStar-qualified windows with triple glazing as well as windows custom-made to your home, thus ensuring the best fit, as well as the style you want.
Now is also a good time to consult with the experts about whether your home has sufficient insulation. We have more than 50 years experience in providing insulation services and work with a variety of types. No matter the age of your house, you can still enjoy a well-insulated home, save energy, save money, and stay warm this winter. Visit our Services page to learn more.Share post