Winter is the coolest time of year, as the saying goes. When you’re home, sweet home, you want to be warm as toast.
You know what’s worse than a drafty home? A high heating bill. Saving money on home heating starts with preventing heating loss. Point2 Homes recently published an interesting article sharing tips to prevent heat loss in your home.
Insulating Your Walls
The best way to prevent heat loss is to ensure you have proper insulation in your home. Did you know that 35% of all heat loss happens through the walls in your home? This is mainly because the outside of your home is cold. If you have a newer home everything may be fine, but over time a natural heat exchange will happen.
Most homes do have cavities to slow it down; however, issues can arise with the insulation. Let’s be frank. Installing insulation is no easy task. You’ll have to be prepared to tear down drywall, add insulation yourself and replace said drywall. If one of the steps isn’t followed properly, you may end up with a draftier home than you began with.
In cases like this you’re often better off hiring professionals. Although it may cost you more money than doing it yourself, by insulating your home right the first time it will save you more money over the long run.
Be Wary of Doors and Windows
It shouldn’t come as any real surprise, but doors and windows let out a lot of heat. Single pane windows are among the worst. An easy solution can be switching to double pane windows. But new windows are expensive. What if that’s not in the budget? Is there any way to prevent heat loss and save money on your home heating bill? Thankfully there is.
Get in the habit of regularly checking the weather-stripping around your doors and windows. As soon as you notice that it’s damaged, replace it.
You’ll also want to regularly inspect the outside of your home. Look for any cracks in the caulking. Look for any gaps around the window frames.
Did you know that curtains can do wonders for helping you save money on your heating bill? By installing thick curtains in your windows, you can stop a lot of heat from escaping from your home.
Insulating the Attic
You may have heard of the saying that heat rises. Without proper insulation in the attic, heat will continually escape through the roof of your home. How do you solve this? You can do this by properly insulating your attic. If you don’t want to get up there yourself, at least hire some professionals to help you. While you’re in the attic, be on the lookout for any leaks and repair them while you’re there.
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