If this cold, windy winter weather is bringing you down and pushing your energy bills up, it may be time to talk to someone. Insulation contractors can go over your property and offer suggestions, as well as solutions, to many of your energy conservation needs. In the meantime, however, there are a few steps you can take to preserve heat and moderate energy costs. For those who have lived in colder climes for years, some of these ideas may be old hat. If you are a newcomer, baffled by the wind whistling through the windows, these suggestions are just what you need to get through a rough northern winter.Learn more about us at Willis Insulation Services Association
Windows are often the first place that cold air enters a house. They can leach heat from the house, and allow drafts. Dual-pane windows maintain heat, but replacing windows is better as an energy-saving summer project. Two steps will limit the energy-draining effects of large windows for the time being, and can also be used for windows that are not replaceable. Step one is to install heavy curtains. Thick, insulated curtains will keep heat from escaping in the winter, and keep cool air from heating up in the summer. In a pinch, a heavy blanket can be used as well. Step two is to seal windows one of two ways. Kits are available to shrink wrap thin windows by placing plastic on the inner frame and using a blow dryer to tighten it to the window. A second option is to use weather-stripping or caulk to seal cracks. Choose the solution that works best for your needs.
Doors can also be a cause for concern. In many cases, a simple door snake will keep most drafts at bay. A door snake is a thin tube of fabric filled with insulating material. In the case that the door is old, or there are gaps in the frame, a storm door may be a better option. Storm doors can be a costly fix, but they are also solid solutions in high-need areas. Insulating curtains can be used in doorways to prevent heat from escaping. These are especially useful in uninsulated areas such as porches and entryways. Insulation contractors may be able to assist you in finding better long-term solutions for these areas.
Additions, porches, and attics are areas where professional help will be most useful. Insulation contractors can help to identify places where heavier insulation may be necessary. If your energy bills are climbing, now may be a good time to replace old insulation, and perhaps add insulation to areas exposed to heavy winds or very low temperatures. Good insulation will help with the energy bills when summer arrives, as well. Another important area to consider is the flooring above a basement or cellar. Warmth can seep out through wood and tile floors. Insulating these areas with rugs and carpeting will help to maintain heat. It may also be a good idea to insulate the floor. Talk to your insulation professional to determine your best options.