Keep Heat Inside When Temps Drop Outside: 4 Simple Steps
Brrr!!! Winter weather is definitely upon us. Keep the bitter cold outside with the following 4 tips.
1. Insulate, insulate, insulate! Focus on the attic and crawlspace using:
- Attic: Blown fiberglass, cellulose, rigid foam, or spray foam insulation
- Crawlspace: Batt fiberglass, cellulose, rigid foam, or spray foam insulation
2. Check windows and doors for air leaks.
- If drafty, add weather-stripping/caulking to create a tighter seal
- Add insulating plastic sheathing to windows and doors that are not in use during the winter months to limit heat loss
- Budget permitting, replace old single-pane windows with new higher-efficiency windows
3. Seal any gaps or cracks in the foundation wall of the home.
- Gaps in the foundation allow cold air to infiltrate the crawlspace and basement of the home
4. Inspect HVAC system and perform regular maintenance.
- Seal leaks in HVAC ductwork by applying duct tape to seams or anywhere ductwork allows for air leakage
- Insulate ductwork within cold/unheated areas (i.e. attics and crawlspaces) to reduce heat loss of air traveling through ducts
- Review recommendations included in the HVAC Owner’s Manual
- Change air filters regularly as clogged filters trap heat
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