Winter Proof Your House – 3 Things You Need to Know!
Posted on: 2012-11-15
Properly winter-proofing your home can save you a good deal of money on heating costs. In order to see your gas and electrical bills go down while the inside of your home remains warm and toasty, follow these 3 quick tips:
Seal Off Your Window Unit Air Conditioner
Obviously, if you have an outdoor full-house air conditioning unit, you will be fine, but if you use only window units, you will need to either remove them for the winter, or cover them with plastic. Otherwise, they will let cold air into your house. Seal off the outside by covering it well, and then wrap more plastic around the inside where the unit meets the window frame. This will prevent any drafts of cold air from coming in.
Door and Window Seals
Before the weather gets very cold, check every door and window to make sure that it is properly sealed. If you feel any cool air coming in, re-caulk them around the frames to seal them off. Likewise, if you have very old windows, you have to cover them with a layer of winter proof plastic. This is sold at many home improvement stores, and will keep them from leaking in cold air as the temperatures drop.
Add New Insulation to Your Attic
Insulation will break down over time, so if you own an older home, you might need to replace your current insulation. Keep in mind that heat rises, so if your attic is not properly insulated, all of the warm air that you paid for will rise right up out of your house, costing you even more to keep the interior of your house at the desired temperature.
If you have any questions about winter-proofing your house, call us here at Parabola Developments. We can help get you on the path to saving money on your heating bills this winter!