Soon, heating your home is going to be paramount, and if you want to reduce energy costs, you may want to improve things like insulation and weatherproofing in your home to keep the cold air out. The things that you may want to consider doing include insulating the attic, adding spray foam to uninsulated areas, and sealing air leaks around windows and doors. If you want to keep the heat in your home this winter, here are some of the improvements that you may want to consider:
1. Insulation In The Attic To Prevent Energy Costs From Going Through The Roof
The attic is one place in your home where the energy can literally go right through the roof. This is why it is important that you have sufficient attic insulation. In addition, this can also help protect your home from ice dams, which can be caused by rising heat melting snow and ice. If you live in an area where ice dams are a common problem, you may want to consider other solutions, such as spray foam insulation in the rafters to keep heat from reaching the roof. Insulation helps to prevent heat loss, but it is still important to have a well ventilated attic to reduce moisture problems that can cause rot.
2. Keep The Cold Out By Maintaining Windows And Doors And Sealing Cracks
The cold can get in your home in many different areas. One common problem with older homes is the cracks around windows and doors. Sometimes, these can be caused by lack of maintenance, such as caulking and painting and insulation that needs to be repaired. Every few years, it is a good idea to revise the exterior of your windows and doors to make sure that there are not any problems with these areas. You may also want to contact a spray foam insulation contractor to talk with them about sealing around the window casings.
3. Protection The Furnace And AC Unit With Insulated Walls And Enclosures
There are a lot of areas that can be improved to help prevent energy loss. One of these areas can be around the furnace and AC units. To protect them, you may want to consider things like insulated walls around furnaces to keep cold out, which will still require appropriate ventilation in the area where it is installed. The outdoor AC unit can also be protected with an enclosure to protect it from debris and weather.
These are some of the improvements that you may want to consider for your home improvements to keep the heat in this winter. If you are ready to start sealing up the air leaks in your home, contact a private home inspection service, such as Watson Inspections, to get help with an energy audit and choosing the best window improvements for your home.