It's never too late weatherize your home!
It's never too late to take care of the drafts and air leaks in your home. This is an important aspect of weatherizing a household, which means preparing it to withstand severe weather conditions and temperature fluctuations. By properly weatherizing your home, including sealing drafts and air leaks, you can save a ton of energy and and reduce your annual utility bills. Following are some excellent tips for a well-weatherized home:
Tips for your windows
- Use weatherstripping, caulk, and install more energy-efficient storm windows to prevent drafts and air leaks.
- Recycled materials such as newspapers and old shirts can be used to snug up the nooks and crannies that constantly leak air.
- Install window screens. This will allow you to enjoy fresh spring and fall breezes, without the buggy invasions.
- Remove any window air conditioner units during the winter to avoid heat from escaping through this unsealed area.
Tips for your doors
- For the crafts-inspired, long tube-shaped pillows can be easily sewn from old tee shirts and towels. These pillows make for excellent heat savers during the winter, simply place them at the bottom crack of your doors to prevent heat from escaping an occupied room.
- Install door screens. Just like window screens, door screens allow you to enjoy the fresh spring and fall air without the bugs.
Tips for your attic
- If you don't have the time or budget to install a new layer of insulation, throwing old styrofoam on top of current insulation layers is a great technique. Even just a little can mean a world of difference in reducing how much heat is able to escape your home. You can spread out old coolers and discarded packing materials from eave-to-eave for superior insulation.
Bonus home tip!
- During the winter, reverse the direction of your ceiling fan. This can be done by an easy switch found on most ceiling fans. When the blades spin in reverse, it pushes warm air that's risen to your ceiling back down to where you and your family members are.