Tips on Winterizing Your Home!
Everybody deals with the struggles of a blitzing cold coming earlier than expected, but not many know how to combat the chilling winds cutting through your home every Winter. Whether you rent an apartment, pay a mortgage, or crash a couch for the meantime, all these tips will help to keep your heating bill down and the warmth from getting out:
1. COVER AND SEAL ALL WINDOWS
It might seem like common sense but if you never have thought about the heat that escapes from creaky windows as well as the cold that comes in, then you’d think winterizing your windows was pointless, even though this is the most crucial step towards keeping your house heated. Using plastic sheeting as a barrier between the window and a specific room will keep heat insulated and keep those cold breezes from cutting through any gap or crevice. Despite the aesthetic, trash bags or a thick plastic bag of some sorts would work just as well. Sealing with a stapler is the most secure but use what you have available. This is not a costly project at all!
2. INSULATE YOUR PIPES
The biggest dread of winter pounding at the door is the possibility of frozen pipes. In the words of Mr. Ifft, insulating and patchwork around said pipes can do a lot to prevent this from happening. First, he advises to plug all holes and excess airways pushing in cold air near or around your pipes with simple putty or something to obstruct the way. Next, he advises wrapping exposed pipes with insulation like heat tape, foam, or any form of insulation wrap. This will keep the pipes from being exposed to harsh winds or freezing air and keep the heat within the pipes rather than letting it escape. A small task that can possibly save you hundreds! (KB also offers this service so if we feel like cutting some corners, give us a call! Or heed our advice, either or.)
3. SEAL UNUSED DOORWAYS
Have you ever walked by a door and felt the chill run from your toes and up your back? This is often the result of a draft working it’s way underneath the seal of a door. In order to prevent this loss of heat, all back doors and rooms that aren’t used but still have windows or connect to larger portions of the house need to be sealed underneath the doorway. This is the easiest and cheapest route to contain heat within a room or space. Using old towels or blankets or clothes, virtually anything that you can bunch up and either lay underneath and shut the door over or treat like a blockade and stuff everything behind will suffice. You could purchase a bottom door seal or buy weather strips to put around the frame of the actual door but we are trying to be R-E-S-O-U-R-C-E-F-U-L and spend little to no money so choose yourself.
4. KEEP HEAT WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE
As in the famous words of Aunt Sally, “We are not paying to heat the outside!” Keep the heat in the house! Don't leave doors open longer than they need to be! I am not innocent when it comes to leaving a door cracked or open for a minute too long and before you know it my crib has turned into a popsicle. Just be conscious when it comes to opening doors and keep that heat in the house!
5. MOVE TO FLORIDA
The quickest way to solve all your issues!