Arm Your Home with Extra Insulation
Depending on the age of your home, it could be lacking insulation in several areas. While you probably don’t want to try adding insulation to the walls, you can easily add insulation to the windows, light switches and attic.
Start by checking your windows. If you can feel a draft, then you can use some insulation. Take off one piece of trim, and fill the cavity with insulation. Do the same thing around doors to eliminate drafts. Once the insulation dries, cut away the excess with a utility knife, and reinstall the trim.
Take a peek at your attic insulation. If the insulation is below the rafters, then you could benefit from adding a few rolls. Do not run the insulation over the soffits as it can inhibit proper airflow. You can also buy special insulated pads that will fit inside light switches and electrical outlets, so you can eliminate those drafts.
Upgrade Doors, Windows & Furnace for Energy-Efficiency
The best advice for weatherproofing your home is to install new windows and doors. They are attractive, and they will drastically lower your utility bills in both Winter and Summer. Invest in a new, energy-efficient furnace if yours is an older model.
Make Your Existing Furnace More Efficient
You don’t have to buy a new furnace to boost energy-efficiency levels. You can take steps to make your existing furnace more efficiently:
- Change furnace filters regularly to prevent debris from clogging your system and to maximize airflow.
- Make sure that all vents and return air vents are exposed for proper airflow.
- Finally, invest in annual furnace inspections to keep your system running smoothly. Trained heating professionals will tighten connections, lubricate fans and clean the entire system. It’s an affordable way to prolong the life of your furnace, and you will probably save enough in home energy bills to pay for the tune-up.
Now is the best time to start weatherproofing your home and making your home's furnace more energy-efficient. By taking these steps now, you will be prepared when the cooler temperatures drift in and when it's time to turn on the heat. Plus, you will enjoy lower heating bills now and more attractive cooling bills next summer.