Even the best-built home will need some maintenance to keep it as efficient as it can be. If you know your home has trouble keeping its heat when the temperature drops, then this is the perfect time to boost your home’s defense against heat loss, so you and your family stay warm all winter long.
Here are 3 ways to prevent heat loss in your home during the winter.
3. Attic Efficiency
Your attic is a cold zone – which means that it should be the same temperature as the outside air. By letting heat escape freely from your home into the attic, and having cool air from the outside meet in the middle you may have a problem. You’ll be able to tell if your attic is losing heat in the wintertime by taking a look at your roof after a snowfall. If you see icicles and patches of melted snow that’s a sign of heat loss.
You’ve got a few options when it comes to insulating your attic, but whatever material you choose you need to provide enough R-Value, or insulating value to keep the cool air from coming in.
If your roof isn’t in good shape, and properly sealed against the elements, you could get water seeping in. This can lead to moisture wreaking havoc in your attic, causing mold, rot or damage your insulation.
Depending on the material used to provide R-Value, contact with water could cause your insulation to compact, severely reducing its insulating power. Obviously you want to stop water from getting in.
How do you know it’s time for a new roof? Are your shingles buckling, curled, or missing? That’s a sign it’s time for a new roof.Make sure your roofing contractor removes all the old material.
It’s important to remember that if your roof is in bad shape and isn’t properly sealed, chances are you already have heat loss.
1. Seal Doors, Windows and Gaps
Something small you can do on your own is to inspect the area around your doors and windows. A home can lose major heat from drafts alone. Look for damaged caulking that needs to be replaced.
Replacing weatherstripping is a pretty simple task. Start by removing the old material, as well as any adhesive left behind. Give the area a light sanding and if there are any nail holes, fill and sand those too.
While you’re inspecting your windows and doors, don’t forget to check around the home for gaps or small cracks. Not only can drafts enter through gaps and cracks, but so can insects and other small pests.
Before the weather starts to plummet, take the time now to make sure you’re ready for the winter season. Making your home as energy efficient as possible just makes sense to me. By keeping the warm air in, and the cold air out, you’ll see the difference in your energy bills, too.