Warm It Up: 4 Tips to Better Insulate Your Home

Warm It Up: 4 Tips to Better Insulate Your Home
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    Properly insulating your home doesn't need to be a time-consuming or expensive project.

    Even some minor additions and upgrades could dramatically cut your costs and potentially even increase the value of your property.

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Here are four tips to improve your home’s insulation during the cold winter months.

  • Seal Your Doors

    As long as your doors are relatively new, then you might be able to seal them with a small roll of insulation known as a draft excluder. These products are nothing more than thin strips of foam that are attached to the bottom of doors to keep cold air out. Homeowners who have older doors might need to upgrade to modern steel doors. Newer steel doors have much higher R-values, and they could save you hundreds over the years.

  • Increase Your Insulation’s R-Value

    Not many people realize that every type of insulation has its own R-value. That value is determined by how thick the insulation is, what it is made of, and how well it is able to prevent heat transfer. In many newer homes, contractors use cheaper insulation in order to cut costs, but that can result in expensive energy bills during the coldest months of the year. Homeowners who are struggling with unmanageable utility bills should speak with a contractor to discuss upgrading their insulation rolls and pads.

  • Have Insulated Windows Installed

    High-quality insulated glass, such as the type you can get from Glasshopper Schor Glass, can have a major impact on your home’s efficiency. Newer windows generally have multiple layers of glass with invisible film that keeps cold air out of your home while letting sunlight in.

    The other reason you might want to consider having newer windows installed is to cover cracks and pinholes. Over the years, windows and window sills often become warped, and that will result in unwelcome drafts. Each new window that is installed will be perfectly matched to fit the opening it is going in.

  • Caulk Openings

    Even if you have recently purchased a brand new home, there might be thousands of microscopic holes and cracks on the outer walls. At least a few times every year, homeowners should walk around their homes and seal up the cracks with all-purpose caulking. If you are not sure where the drafts are coming from, then you can invest in a cheap infrared gun to see where the temperature fluctuations are taking place.

Those who are still having trouble with their energy bills might want to schedule an energy audit to discover what other upgrades can to be made.

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Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A full-time mother of two, Hannah enjoys imagining and planning projects to make her home more beautiful. Occasionally, she'll actually get around to starting one of them.