Keep Heat Inside When Temps Drop Outside: 4 Simple Steps

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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

Do you have an insulation-related question for Tyler?

Email him directly at tschwein@pieglobal.com.

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