Keep Your Cool: Insulating Your Home

If you want to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, you want to make sure that your home is properly insulated. With a few easy, do-it-yourself insulation tips, you will be able to keep your home at a comfortable temperature and also keep your utility bills low.

If you are not ready to replace the doors in your home, but you need a temporary door fix for doors that have a draft, here is a home hack, since sometimes we need a fix in a pinch. If you noticed that the draft guard on the bottom of your door is not sealing properly and is causing a draft, you can lessen air loss by using a rolled up towel. They also sell door guards that you can use, that are not very expensive. By using this trick, it will keep your home from losing heat and provide it with more insulation.

Another way you can insulate your home is to have heavy curtains on the windows. Windows can get very drafty, especially on very cold winter days, and if all you have is a thin, sheer curtain, it is not going to block the draft. Heavier curtains, however, will act as more of a shield and will not allow for as much cold air to get inside of your home. Then, when it is summertime, all you need to do is simply open up the drapes to let the sunlight in.

Adding more insulation to your attic is another great way to keep your home warmer. Newer homes are more likely to have the appropriate amount of insulation in them, but homes that are older than 15 years probably need to have more put into their attic. In addition to the benefit of making your home warmer, it is also a great way to reduce your energy costs.

Changing out your screen door for a storm door during winter is another way you can help to keep your home more insulated. Screen doors are meant for the warmer weather, whereas storm doors were made for the colder months. You may also want to put foam weatherstripping around the inside of the door, since this will create a seal.

Before the cold winter months come, you will want to have your furnace and HVAC system inspected and cleaned. If your furnace is not working at its full capacity, it is going to be working way too hard and will not be heating your home properly. Routine maintenance will also help to prolong the life of your furnace and you may be able to fix small problems before they become irreparable.

You may also want to caulk around your dryer and bathroom vents. The dryer vents and bathroom vents do require holes in your wall and these are areas in which cold air can come into your home. By simply putting some silicone caulk on the outside of these areas, you can keep the cold air out and keep your home warmer.