Buttoning Up Your Home To Make It Cozy For The Winter Months

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With the cold air fast approaching, now is the time to think about ways to keep the warm air inside of your home. The rising costs of fuel and energy bills are always a concern throughout the winter months. There are many ways that you can keep your home warmer and more airtight as the weather turns frigid.

Vinyl Window Inserts

Buying customized vinyl window inserts can help add an additional layer of insulation to keep your room warm and toasty. By measuring the interior space of your window, you can order an airtight window insert that easily snaps into place. There are no tools required. Simply pop the insert into the inside of the window pane and start feeling the difference immediately. This is a good solution for older windows or homes without storm windows.  

Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping allows you to line up a strip of material around the window and door jambs to form a tight seal to keep warm air in. There are various forms of weatherstripping some used with eco-friendly recyclable materials. Here are a few:

  • V-strip- A tension seal that forms a v-shape to fit into gaps and cracks within a window, door or threshold.
  • Foam tape- A sticky back foam tape that is used to seal up unwanted airflow in windows or doors.
  • Door sweeps- A flat piece of material that lies flush with a window or door and has a sponge on one side to fill in gaps.
  • Foil tape- A lightweight foil tape that attracts heat while creating an airtight seal.

No matter what type of weatherstripping you use, keeping the cold air out is the main goal.

Insulated Blinds

Purchasing insulating blinds or curtains for the windows of your home can help with energy efficiency. While they won't block out air completely, they can add a layer of warmth to a room. Using insulated curtains and blinds in addition to weatherstripping can create an added layer of insulation for each room in your home.

Additional Insulation

If your home is poorly insulated, it's important to add more insulation to create a barrier between the outdoors and the heat inside. You can lose up to 25 percent of your overall heat source through the roof of your home if it's not insulated correctly. Adding blanket insulation as well as foam insulation in the attic can help keep your furnace running as efficiently as possible. Blown cellulose insulation within the walls can also create a layer of warmth throughout the winter months and keep cooling costs minimal in the summer.

Buttoning up your home to create warmth and comfort will give you peace of mind and reduce the chances of high utility bills throughout the winter season. Click here for info about heating and air conditioning.

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