Best practices for insulating a home this winter
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released a report earlier this year stating that heating costs for most households are projected to rise from last winter. In light of this news, many homeowners will have to consider other methods of staying warm as the temperatures continue to drop. Space heaters are a great and relatively inexpensive way to keep a room nice and toasty and boast portability, allowing users to transport the unit from room to room as they move around the home. Others may choose to bundle up indoors and use the heater sparingly. Before any of these measures are taken, you should first make sure that your home is well-insulated, not only to prevent heat from escaping, but also to keep cold air from getting in.
Look at the infrastructure
If you reside in a house and have access to the attic, take a peek to make sure it's insulated. Heat rises, so the first place that hot air will escape from is the roof. A well-insulated attic or roof will increase your home's heat retention. In a situation where no insulation is present or is lacking, consider reaching out to professional services for advice. This will also be a good time to check on the status of your insulation, as damaged insulation could cause bigger problems, such as mold.
If you live in an apartment with brick or concrete walls, you may be out of luck with insulation, since there may be nothing between the layers. In this scenario, consider turning on the heat or investing in a space heater if you want to save money. Remember that versatility also means a higher level of vigilance with safety.
Plug it up
Next, you have to further insulate your home by looking at your doors and windows. If there's a gap between the bottom of your door and the floor, you'll want to block it up. You can either purchase a door insulation guard or stuff a towel or blanket underneath. Try to make sure it's blocking both sides of the door to keep the heat in and the cold air out. Next, you'll want to inspect all the windows. Lock every single one to ensure the tightest fit between the window and its frame. For added protection from winter, think about putting up some heavy curtains that will help keep the cold air from getting too far into the room.
The proper insulation preparations will allow you to stay warm this winter without breaking the bank.
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