How can I keep my house from getting cold?
Whether it’s 10 below or just a little chilly outside, if you can’t keep the house warm, your comfort suffers. But, if you crank up the heat your bank account suffers.
Here are a few ways to keep your home warm:
- Use curtains: Curtains, especially with thermal linings, can help insulate your home’s interior from outside cold.
- Secure windows: Make sure windows are secured tightly to keep out drafts. You might want to seal them with temporary caulking as well.
- Insulate exterior doors: Adding door sweeps to exterior doors helps keep cold air out.
- Use weather stripping: Sealing gaps between doors and door jambs will help you avoid drafts.
- Check chimneys and fireplaces: Make sure your chimneys and fireplaces are in good repair. If you aren’t using your fireplace regularly, consider covering your chimney with a chimney balloon to keep the warm air in.
- Close unused interior doors: Keep unused rooms closed off.
- Insulation: Even inexpensive foam insulation in attics and lofts can help keep your home warmer. Consider installing vinyl siding as added protection to your home. Siding helps insulate your home and save on energy bills.
Recovery Roofing & Home Improvement, Inc. specializes in siding installation in the Dundalk, MD area. If you are interested in this home energy saver, give us a call at (410) 288-1633.
How can I insulate my house better?
Properly insulating your home is one of the better ways to keep your home warmer and more energy efficient. A home should be insulated from roof to foundation for optimal efficiency.
When insulating your attic, make sure you cover the attic door and extend the insulation into joist spaces. Exterior walls can also be insulated to create further warmth.
As above, seal windows and add weather stripping to doors to fill in any gaps that let in drafts. You might also want to replace the screen in storm doors with a glass pane. Also, adding thicker curtains will help keep the interior of the home warm.
You might also consider insulating your water heater with a fiberglass jacket. This will help keep your water warmer and reduce heat loss.
Regularly maintaining your heating and air conditioning systems will help you reduce energy costs as well. If you are using an electric furnace, make sure it is maintained as well. Electric furnace repair and maintenance are sure ways to keep your system from breaking down inconveniently.
Can you put new insulation over old? If you are adding insulation to your home, it’s generally safe to put new insulation over old insulation, unless the older insulation is wet. When insulation is wet, there’s a greater chance of causing mold and mildew to grow. It’s even possible to cause rotting and deterioration.
What can I put on windows to keep cold out?
Besides sealing windows with caulking, there are other options for your windows to help keep your home warm. Weather stripping is easy to apply and an inexpensive solution to keep the cold out.
You can also buy kits to install window insulation film that’s applied directly to the windows and heated to smooth out wrinkles. When applied correctly, it won’t alter the look of your windows.
Cellular window shades allow you insulate the window while still letting light into the house. Curtains, especially when thermal lined, are a great way to keep your warm and look good as well.
Is it cheaper to leave heating on?
While you might have heard it’s cheaper to leave your heating on all day, it’s not necessarily true. The reality is that it normally takes as much energy to heat the house up after being shut off as it does to leave it running.
Keeping house warm with fireplace
If you’re keeping your house warm with a fireplace, make sure you are using seasoned firewood that is dry. When wood is freshly cut or green, it burns less efficiently. Keeping the damper wide open is also useful because it improves combustion.
It’s also important to regularly clean your chimneys to avoid buildup of creosote. Creosote build up restricts air flow and creates a fire hazard.
Using tempered glass doors rather than a screen helps keep warm air from getting sucked up by the fire.
Keep house warm without furnace
If your house is warmed by furnace and the furnace goes out, you can still stay warm. Besides making sure your home is well-insulated and gaps in windows and doors are sealed and weather-stripped, there are other ways to stay warm, including cooking in your oven. In smaller places like apartments, an oven can warm up a room in a few minutes. Boiling water helps too and if you have a fireplace, it’s time to put it to work.
How to keep house warm naturally
When the sun is up and out, you can warm your house naturally by just opening the curtains. By the same token, at night, close the curtains. If you have a fireplace, it’s time to use it. Make sure to keep your fireplace and chimney in good repair and clean for them work efficiently and not create fire hazards.
Another way to help protect and insulate your home is by installing siding. If you are interested in this energy efficient way to protect your home’s exterior in Dundalk, MD, give Recovery Roofing & Home Improvement, Inc. a call at (410) 288-1633.