No matter what season it is, if the temperature outside your home is different than the temperature inside your home then there is a chance that temperatures and weather conditions outside can impact your home environment. The most effective way to prevent damage to your home, maintain your indoor environment, and stop wasting energy on heating and cooling is to work on weatherproofing your home. Below are some of the top tips out there for weatherproofing like a pro.
Expert Weatherproofing Tips
If you fancy yourself a handy man (or woman) and you’re looking for ways to improve your skills then you might enjoy these weatherproofing tips that we’ve put together from the experts:
Replace the weather stripping on your doors.
If you find that your doors are a bit drafty, it may be time to replace your weather stripping. Choose vinyl or rubber stripping and fasten it to the sides and top of the door, using staples or nails every 6 inches. If you find that the draft is coming from the bottom of the door where the door meets the threshold, you can apply a sweep to the bottom of the door to stop the draft.
Seal your windows.
Windows are another common area where homeowners may notice a draft or start to see water leak in when it rains. Sealing your windows is simple using caulk around your windows. You may also want to consider installing storm windows, which can help add an extra layer of protection against the cold air of winter.
Insulate your attic or basement.
Installing adequate insulation is an important part of not only keeping your home comfortable but preventing energy loss which can drive up your heating and cooling costs throughout the year. Every area of your home can be insulated, but the attic and basement areas are two of the most important places to insulate as this is where much of your energy loss may come from.
Make sure that your air ducts are well insulated.
Many homeowners tend to forget about their air ducts unless they experience an airflow issue. However, poorly insulated air ducts not only affect your home temperature, but they can cost you a significant amount when it comes to wasted energy. Seal your ducts using mastic and butyl or another heat-approved tape. You can wrap your ducts with duct insulation, which can be purchased at your local home improvement store.
Weatherproofing your home not only helps you prevent damage from the elements, but it can also help you improve your indoor air quality. If you still don’t see improvement in the quality of your home air after taking these weatherproofing measures, it may be time to call in the experts.
Countryside Plumbing and Heating provides indoor air quality services to help New Richmond homeowners improve the quality of their indoor air so that they can breathe easier and provide a healthier home environment for their families. Call us today to find out more about how we can improve your IAQ: (800) 542-4243.