DIY Methods for Insulating Your Home

DIY Methods for Insulating Your Home
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    Turning up the heat in your home can be effective at warming it up, but it is not always the most efficient or most economical way to keep you warm.

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Sealing up the little cracks and crevices in your home where the cold can sneak in will immediately raise the temperature without having to crank the heating unit.

Here are some DIY methods for insulating your home that are quick, easy, and will save you some money during the winter months. 

Make Sure Doors are Sealed

Cold air can easily get into your home through the unsealed edges of the doors. If they are not properly sealed to the threshold while they are closed, the wind will blow through and quickly lower the temperature.

Creating your own draft stoppers are as simple as filling a tube of fabric with insulation.

Measure the width of your door and make that the length of your draft stopper. Sew this fabric into a tube shape and stuff it with insulation.

Placing this at the base of your doors will keep out cold air and prevent warm air from escaping.

See If the Attic Needs Extra Layers

Head up to your attic to see if the insulation needs replacing. Replacing old layers or adding in new ones is a relatively simple project, requiring only a hammer tacker and some extra insulation.

Use the hammer tacker to attach the new insulation to the joists, or if there is already a layer, add another perpendicular.

Make sure to exercise safety when using the hammer tacker. They are safe tools to use, but like all tools, you must practice preventative safety measures before using them.    

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Consider a Change of Curtains

During the warmer months of the year, we all want the sun to shine through so we can enjoy some natural light. But during the winter months these sheer curtains work to our disadvantage. If your windows have a draft in them, the cold air will cut right through the thin fabric of the curtain and freeze your home.

This can be avoided by replacing those thin curtains with sturdier and thicker cellular shades. Shutting the curtains act as insulation and can be open or closed whenever you feel like it. And once the weather begins to warm up, you can store them for next winter and hang your sheer curtains.

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Invest in Some Window Glaze

If there is a draft coming in through the windows, then that could be a sign that you need to have your windows reglazed. The glaze is the sealing on the very edges of the windows, and once those start to deteriorate, that’ when we feel an uncomfortable cold draft.

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This DIY method for insulating your home might be more advanced, but to reglaze you must remove the window and take off the old glaze. Then, remove the glass and install the new glaze that you have. Smooth out the glazing, reinstall the glass, and wait for it to dry before reattaching the window.

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