If the weather outside is frightful, you want your home to be delightfully cozy and warm. You can also prevent energy loss and save money by effectively heating your home this winter. Check out these relatively inexpensive and simple things you can do this season to weatherize your home and make your winter a little warmer:
Prevent heat loss through your windows:
Old, poorly insulated windows may waste up to 30% of energy spent on heating, but they can also be quite expensive to replace. Fortunately, there are more cost-effective ways to prevent heat loss. You can cover your windows with a simple cloth drape, which you can shut at night and keep open during sunny days. In addition, you can apply plastic sheets to your windows, which can be purchased from any home supply store. Such plastic covering is very effective at preventing heat loss, can be easily removed, and if applied correctly, is very subtle.
Stop up cracks and holes:
Weatherstripping is another simple weatherization task you can easily do at home. If you notice an air leak or draft coming from the edges of your doors and windows, you can seal the opening by using one of the many varieties of weatherstripping available. If applied correctly, the weatherstripping should effectively eliminate the draft without affecting your ability to open or close your doors and windows. You can also use caulk to seal any drafts where wiring enters your home’s walls.
Fortify your chimney:
A fireplace can provide you with great comfort during the cold months. However, a chimney is built to allow smoke to escape, which means that warm air can also escape. An easy trick to conserve heat is to keep your fireplace flue damper tightly closed when not in use. Also make sure the opening where the chimney exits the ceiling and roof is well sealed.
Blue Dot Services of Maryland wants you to stay warm this winter. We offer energy-saving solutions that help you cut costs while keeping your home comfortable. Call (410) 698-6465 to schedule a home energy audit today.