Much of the U.S. is already experiencing cold temperatures and even some snow. While homeowners in other parts of the country are still enjoying a warm fall, it won’t be long before everyone’s reeling from the cold. Here’s how to ensure that your home will be warm this winter, so you won’t have to deal with cold noses, layering up and keeping a log on the fire.
Only the NBA likes the draft
Colder weather signals the NBA basketball frenzy – but they’re the only ones that welcome new recruits from the draft. In your home, drafts are bad, and they’re a surefire way to make your home cold. Cool air can enter your home in a number of ways:
- Cracks in the walls.
- Gaps around plumbing pipes.M
- Electrical wires that enter through the home.
- Openings around window frames.
- Gaps under doors.
Use caulk and weather-stripping to keep drafts out. And be sure to perform this project in conjunction with an insulation assessment.
Neutralizing the cold
It’s not just drafty air that will affect your home’s comfort level. You’ll also need to give the exterior wall and attic insulation a once-over.
Attic. Without insulation in the attic, the warm air generated in the home by your trusty furnace will simply rise to the top of the home and escape through the attic.
Walls. This insulation is particularly important for homeowners in the South, where wall insulation is often non-existent. However, homeowners everywhere need to ensure that wall insulation is up-to-code with regional guidelines. You can get a peek at what the U.S. Department of Energy advises for your area.
Talk to a local insulation specialist who can assess your home’s condition and advise you about options, like using injection foam insulation and professional air sealing. Call USA Insulation today for more information!