Don’t Let Cold Weather Compromise Your Home

It’s soon going to be the season where shivers are not uncommon, even in your home. But by taking proper steps you can help solve your skirmishes with colder weather.

Problem: Wind whipping around and onto your home’s exterior, creating drafts.
Solution: Plant evergreen trees close to your home to block the blustery gales. At the same time, if you own a brick home, check the mortar. It may need repair.

Problem: Cold air rushing in from underneath your door, and warm air rushing out.
Solution: The draft snake—adopted during the Great Depression—can be easily made by rolling up a towel or filling a pouch of fabric with kitty litter or sand and placing it at the bottom of the door.

Problem: The air in your home feels hot and trapped, but turning on a fan only produces cool air.
Solution: If you have any ceiling fans inside your home, counter-clockwise rotation produces cooling breezes and clockwise rotation produces warmer air.

Problem: An old chimney damper that doesn’t close well, sending cold air into your house.
Solution: Try putting some insulation in it to seal it off. Just remember to take it out before using it!

Problem: You want a warm home so you keep the thermostat high, but your wallet is suffering from the high energy bill.
Solution: Set your thermostat to 50 or 55 degrees when you go to bed and work. You won’t enjoy the warmer temperature while you’re asleep or away from the house, anyway. Better yet— purchase a programmable thermostat to automate your home temperatures.

Problem: Heat is rising right out of your home, leaving you cold and miserable.
Solution: Loading up on insulation is one of the best ways to save on your energy bill, so add more between your walls, attic floor and basement ceiling to stay toasty.

Problem: A cold, uncomfortable kitchen.
Solution: Use the oven for cooking and baking during colder hours of the day to help heat the room and your home.

Problem: Drafty windows.
Solution: Caulk both sides of the trim around your windows.  Also check the caulk around your doors to see if it’s deteriorated over time. These are areas where a lot of air can get in.

Resources: Productivity501, Business Insider, The Daily Green